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Jonathan Martin Credit: Bell County Detention Center

BELL COUNTY, Ky. – A Kentucky man is behind bars after officers say he was acting suspicious near a wooded area early Friday morning.

In recent weeks, several places across the East Coast have received reports of people in clown costumes attempting to lure children into wooded areas.

Early Friday morning, WKYT reports that an officer spotted someone in a clown costume with a mask walking down a wooded area.

Police stopped the man and learned that he had two warrants for non-payment of fines and failure to appear for arraignment.

Officers arrested 20-year-old Jonathan Martin for the warrants and disorderly conduct. He was also cited for violating a city ordinance by covering his face while in public.