Police: Two Arrested After Threat Prompts Cancellation Of Newark Hockey Game

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On Sunday afternoon, February 9, 2020, at around 5:30, Newark Police received a report of a threat on social media related to a hockey game scheduled for that day at the Patriot Ice Center at 101 John F Campbell Drive in Newark, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin.

Rubin said the threat was related to a hockey game between Hodgson High School and a team of combined players from Newark High School and Tatnall School. The threat involved a picture of a male holding and displaying a handgun in his waistband with words meant to cause alarm to members of the Newark/Tatnall hockey team, said Rubin. The game was canceled as a result of the threat.

When Newark Officers began to investigate the threat they determined that the subject in the photo was a member of the Hodgson High School hockey team, according to Rubin. A search warrant was obtained for his Newark residence where numerous firearms were located, along with marijuana, added Rubin.

The 16-year-old male, who Rubin said posted the threat, was taken into custody at his residence without incident. He was transported to Newark Police headquarters where he was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile and Terroristic Threatening. He appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was released on $4,000 unsecured bail for a future appearance in New Castle County Family Court.

An additional male from the residence, Richard Griffin Jr, 40, was also taken into custody without incident. He was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Possession of Marijuana and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video and was released on $7,500 unsecured bail.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Officer J. Almonte at (302) 366-7100 x. 3481 or jalmonte@newark.de.us.

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