A Newark teen was arrested for making a threat on social media against an opposing hockey team he was set to play against, city authorities announced Monday.
According to Newark Police, on Sunday, February 9, 2020, authorities were notified around 5:30 p.m. a 16-year-old member of the Hodgson High School hockey team made a social media post with photos of himself holding a handgun and displaying it in his waistband accompanied by "words meant to cause alarm to members of the" opposing team, made up of players from the Newark and Tatnall hockey teams.
The game set for the Patriot Ice Center at 101 John F. Campbell Drive was canceled as a result of the threat, and a search warrant was executed at the teen's home, where police said they located numerous firearms and marijuana.
The juvenile was charged with possession of a firearm by a juvenile and terroristic threatening. He was released on $4,000 unsecured bond pending a future court appearance.
Police also took 40-year-old Richard Griffin Jr. into custody at the residence. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of marijuana, and endangering the welfare of a child He was released on $7,500 unsecured bond.