By Mark D
Maybe he’s trying to get a few laughs, but there have been several reports of a mysterious clown wandering the borough, and he seems to be spooking Staten Islanders on social media.
While it’s uncertain who the person is, folks have photographed the face-painted individual wearing a yellow clown suit, white puffy collar, and trademark red nose. This clown is also bald and was spotted holding green and yellow balloons.
Sightings have been reported by the Grasmere and Richmond Valley train stations. Two photos of the oddball have appeared on Instagram, with one showing the clown standing in front of a detour sign. Another image shows him lurking behind a tree.
One Instagram user compared the costumed character to Bozo, a former professional wrestler known as Doink, and the infamous Pennywise, from Stephen King’s “It.”
Westerleigh resident Vincent Innocente spotted the clown by the South Shore train station around 8 p.m. Sunday.