The creepy clown epidemic has officially turned violent, but not in the way you might think.
A 16-year-old in Berlin hoping to scare a group of his friends by putting on a clown mask and approaching them with a hammer ended up in the hospital on Monday night after one member of the group reacted to the "prank" by pulling out a knife and stabbing him.
When the 14-year-old realized that he'd just stuck a knife in his acquaintance, he helped provide first aid until emergency medical help arrived on the scene to take the creepy clown to the hospital. The younger teen was then arrested, but has since been released to his parents.
Lesson learned: If you were debating dressing up as a creepy clown this Halloween to prank your friends, you might want to consider going with a different costume.
Additional reporting from The Associated Press.