NEW YORK – Six of the 300 teens and young adults involved the Labor Day trashing of a former NFL player’s New York home have been arrested. The six party goers ranged in age from 17 to 21.
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Brian Holloway, a former offensive lineman for the Patriots and Raiders, lived in the Stephentown, New York home with his family during the summer. He signed papers Thursday which allowed for local law enforcement to press charges on the party goers.
Holloway said, “Everyone that broke the law, I’m pressing charges against. The parents had a chance and students had a chance to come forward, and only four did.”
The party—which caused roughly $20,000 to $40,000 in damages—required a great deal of time to clean up as there was also graffiti on the walls and property stolen.
Brian Holloway started a site called HelpMeSave300.com in an attempt to get the party goers and their parents involved in the clean up as a means to avoid charging them. The site also features pictures of the tweets taken during the party and afterwards.
“I tried to be as accommodating as I could, but they took their stand by not showing up,” said the ex-NFL star.
Local police identified Seth Hawk (19) as the main organizer of the party. The twist here is that Brian Holloway actually took Hawk into his family year ago. The 19-year old faces felony charges on burglary and criminal mischief as well as misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child. There are also charges on advertising the party and supplying alcohol.
The other 290-plus party goers will look at varying charges with criminal trespass and felony fourth degree grand larceny.
Holloway resides in Tampa, Florida, but had the Stephentown, New York home on the market. He said that the damage included smashed windows and glass doors, graffiti, carpets soaked in urine, a statue that was stolen (it has been returned), and holes in the ceilings.
Holloway now plans to turn the house into a kind of safe haven or meeting place for military, emergency response, and breast cancer organizations.
Pictures and tweets from the party, updates on the situation, and opinions and insight from Brian Holloway can be found on the site.