However, police arrested Travis Pressley of Indian Trail more than a week ago; he was wearing clown makeup, had a hatchet and marijuana and would not leave a convenience store, officers said.
Target has pulled clown masks off store shelves and online just weeks before Halloween.
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A spokesman for the retailer said the decision was made because of the "creepy clown" scare that has been gripped the nation.
Morris Costumes on Monroe Road in Charlotte had plenty of costumes for sale, and staffers said they're going to keep them in stock.
Owner Sean Morris said his clown costume sales are up.