Austin high school student arrested, confesses to making clown threats

Noah Adam Hollingsworth, 17. (Austin Police Department)

AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) - Austin Independent School District Police say they have made an arrest related to threats made by people dressed as clowns.

According to police, the suspect is Noah Adam Hollingsworth, 17, a student at Akins High School.

AISD Police say Noah surrendered himself at the Travis County Jail just before 2 p.m. Wednesday. Chief Eric Mendez says Noah confessed to making the threats.

Police believe many of these threats are the results of copycats. Noah was charged with making terroristic threats.

Mendez says the investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are possible.

At least 10 middle and high schools in Austin have received social media threats made by people dressed as clowns.

AISD Police said as of Tuesday, they've received 34 calls regarding the clown threats on social media.

"You'll rarely find me in a clown costume anymore," said Abel Tello.

Tello has been a certified clown, named Dimples, for the better part of two decades.

He said he charges $135 an hour as an entertainer. His costume collection ranges from the original Dimples, to superheros to, what he says is the the most popular, Woody from Toy Story.

Tello said the clown business has been on the decline for years. Many consumers want themed parties and clowns aren't one of the popular themes. The trending clown threats aren't helping, but it's nothing Tello hasn't seen before.

"People are just making it trendy right now, peple are just jumping on the band wagon," said Tello

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