The creepy clown phenomenon is turning international — and becoming increasingly violent.
A knife-wielding maniac wearing a clown mask stabbed a teenager in southern Sweden late Thursday, escalating already high tensions over a series of violent incidents involving masked perpetrators in the Scandinavian country, authorities said.
The 19-year-old victim had stepped out of his Varberg apartment building to smoke a cigarette around 10 p.m. when the creep stabbed him in the shoulder. The teen screamed for help and the masked knifeman, who wore blue jeans and a yellow raincoat, ran off.
The victim suffered a superficial wound to his shoulder and the suspect had eluded capture as of late Friday, despite extensive searches.
Sweden has experienced an eerie number of clown incidents in recent weeks, with at least two involving perpetrators trying to scare school children.
“(This) likely had spread via social media from the United States,” police spokeswoman Ulla Brehm said. “It is not funny when people are being scared.”
The Swedish clown attack comes as scores of similar incidents have been reported across the U.S., including at least one in New York City involving agiggling creep menacing a Queens man with a steak knife.