At least one police department in the country is getting the jump on trying to avoid creepy clown issues at Halloween by posting a public warning on their social media page. The warning lets would-be scary clowns know their choice of costumes could lead to personal injury, charges from police or worse.

The warning came after an incident was reported Monday by an 11-year old boy to the Volusia County Sheriffs Department in which a clown with blue hair and a rainbow painted face tried to attack him. The boy was riding his bicycle when the clown leaped from behind a set of bushes near a light pole by a local high school and tried to grab him. The child defended himself with a metal selfie-stick, whacking the clown repeatedly until the clown ran off and disappeared.

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Following the incident, the Volusia County SO posted the following warning on their social media website: “Warning to evil clowns and anyone considering creepy clown activity: We will not be there to save you if your intended target defends himself or herself, and you may face other penalties as well."

Deputy Lococo responded when the boy went on to school and reported the incident to the crossing guard and teachers. The deputy later drove the route but couldn't spot the creepy jokester.

'Pennywise' the frightening Stephen King character has made creepy clown outfits very popular for a few Halloweens, much to the chagrin of the World Clown Association which has suffered from a diminished image of the usually happy and entertaining clown countenance. Professional clowns nationwide have suffered financially as well from the now tarnished image of clowns both from the Stephen King character, and various attacks and crimes perpetrated by people in clown outfits recently.

To make matters worse, this year a new version of the story "It" was released causing clown costumes to be more popular than ever for this Halloween.

If you find yourself accosted by a creepy clown, run.