Maniac clowns have invaded the Big Apple — including one bozo who stood outside a Queens man’s bedroom window and beckoned him outside while holding a knife.
“He had the red jumpsuit, the red nose, the hair, the white makeup and everything,” said Ioannis Markesinis, of East Elmhurst, who was stalked by one of the Pennywise wannabes Monday — hours after the NYPD’s anti-terrorism chief urged the public to not “believe the hype” stirred up by a flurry of chilling clown encounters across the country.
“He had red all over his eyes. And he [was]gesturing to me, ‘Come outside, come outside, come outside,’ ” said Markesinis, 30. “And then he reaches to his side and takes out a small steak knife. And he’s still waving to me, ‘Come out, come out, come out.’ He had a serious facial expression the whole time, but when he pulled out the knife, he started laughing. So I just slammed the window and he starts running.”
Markesinis, a construction-business owner, said he was just about to hit the hay when he spotted the madman.
“Before I go to bed, I look out my window to see if everything’s all right outside,” he said. “All of a sudden, I see this tall shape, around six foot, standing at a telephone pole . . . He comes closer to me, into the light, and he starts waving to me. I was like, ‘Should I go out?’ And I said, no. Let me not go out. Then I saw the knife and that’s it. The cops came two, three minutes later.”
Authorities were unable to find the Pagliacci prankster.
And in another terrifying run-in, a 16-year-old boy was chased through the 96th Street Station on the Upper East Side Wednesday by a knife-wielding clown, cops said.
The teen, from Edison, NJ, was on a 6 train when the man, wearing clown makeup, multicolored clothes and floppy shoes, blocked his path, cops said. The boy pushed past and escaped as the clown ran after him.
There have been several incidents across the country this week and last involving people posing as clowns.
The NYPD has played down the threats.
“Don’t believe the hype, and don’t be afraid of the clowns,” John Miller, deputy commissioner for counterterrorism and intelligence, said at a press conference Monday.
Still, police have been probing online death threats and bomb scares made by supposed clowns in recent days.
On Sunday, cops were investigating a Facebook threat made against Francis Lewis HS and Benjamin N. Cardozo HS in Queens.