Authorities say a man dressed as a clown in Atascocita chased two 12-year-olds with a bat Monday night.

It happened on Woodmancote Drive in the Atascocita Trails subdivision. According to Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman, deputies arrested the man.

Deputies say the man is well-known in the neighborhood for having mental health issues.

Jesus Onofoe, 12, was on a bike in a driveway with a friend when the man came toward them, swinging a baseball bat, then chasing them two blocks.

"I panicked, so I dropped my binder, he dropped his bike and we ran,” Jesus said. “And he started after us with the bat.”

Deputies took the man to a psychiatric ward.

In light of recent clown threats, deputies are working to provide area schools with extra patrols and security.