Brisbane, Australia — The Australian capital of Brisbane, a city of about 12 million people, is known for its beaches, its nightlife, and its quirky restaurants.
But, as the seaside city becomes more popular with tourists, the city has seen a spike in the number of people reporting being robbed or assaulted while out in the city.
On Monday, police in the Brisbane suburb of Cairns announced that they had identified a possible new trend, with many people reporting that they were robbed or robbed by a man dressed as a clown.
Police say the man, believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, made a series of threats and attempted to rob the group.
Police also said they were investigating an incident in Cairn last week in which a man wearing a clown mask was allegedly punched and kicked by a group of men in the area of the Cairndoor shopping mall.
“I’m concerned about the rising level of crime, which is very concerning,” Cairnton Police Assistant Commissioner Chris O’Donnell said at a news conference on Monday.
“It’s concerning that we’re seeing more incidents where people are being assaulted and robbed and we need to make sure we’re making sure the community is safe,” he said.
The department says that the number one tip that they receive is people who have experienced or witnessed a crime, and that’s what they’re focusing on.
“Our primary focus is to make our community safer,” O’Connell said.
“And when we’re not doing that, people are getting more victims.”
Police are also looking for two men in Cunnulla who were seen on CCTV walking down the street.
The two were seen with a knife, and O’Dowd said that they appeared to be targeting the group of people.
“They were obviously targeting this group of males,” he told reporters.
“They were walking down a street, so they didn’t look like they were following any particular group.”