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At least 6 arrests so far in vandalism of ex-NFL player's house

By George M. Walsh

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 06:57 a.m. HST, Sep 28, 2013


ALBANY, N.Y.  >>  At least six people were arrested on charges they were among hundreds of young partygoers who trashed a former NFL player's vacation home, and police said more arrests were expected.

The arrests on Thursday came after former New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders offensive lineman Brian Holloway said he signed papers authorizing the Rensselaer County sheriff to bring charges in the Labor Day weekend party, which was attended by up to 400 teenagers.

Holloway said that among those charged was a young man he had taken into his family for a time as a homeless teen, who's accused of organizing and promoting the party. He said investigators have told him the number of people charged could end up in the hundreds as they work through the sheer volume of participants.

"Everyone that broke the law, I'm pressing charges against," Holloway said. "The parents had a chance and students had a chance to come forward, and only four did."

Holloway, who played offensive tackle for the Patriots and Raiders in the 1980s, gained national attention by reposting party pictures the teens had put on social media websites. He said he posted them on the website helpmesave300.com in an effort to get the teens to come forward, take responsibility for their actions and change their behavior.

Instead, he said, some parents were angry about his website and there was even a threatened lawsuit.

"I tried to be as accommodating as I could, but they took their stand by not showing up," Holloway said.

The partiers caused at least $20,000 in damage to his rural vacation home near the Massachusetts border in Stephentown, including broken windows and holes in the wall, he said.

Police said a ringleader of the party was 19-year-old Seth Hawk, the young man Holloway said he had taken into his family a few years ago. Hawk, of Grafton, faces felony charges of burglary and criminal mischief and misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawfully dealing with a child. He's accused of advertising the party and providing alcohol.

Three of the other arrested people face felony charges including burglary and larceny, and two are charged with misdemeanors, including trespassing. They range in age from 17 to 21.

A phone number wasn't available for Hawk, and authorities said they didn't know the names of the arrested people's lawyers.

Holloway said Hawk was a classmate of his son and had a troubled youth but found stability living as part of his family when he was about 15. He said hearing about Hawk's involvement "was a shocker."

"We're still pulling for him," he said. "This may be the thing to get him on track."

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Associated Press writer Michael Hill contributed to this report from Albany.







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paniolo wrote:
As they get arrested, put their names and pictures in the news. Show people what out of control kids look like. The names of the parents that tried to sue Holloway should also be in the news. That's why these kids are like that. Parents that can't control their kids. If these kids had a party at their homes and damaged it, these parents would want them to pay.
on September 27,2013 | 09:16AM
iwanaknow wrote:
So...............it was an inside job................try to help Seth and he turns around and bites the hand that feed him...........bad karma.
on September 27,2013 | 09:27AM
localguy wrote:
Imagine seeing 400 dysfunctional children do the "Perp Walk" their pictures making it all over social media. Then when they try and apply for a job, guess what comes up. Too bad you failed to consider your actions. Now the courts will clean up your mess, slapping the kids and their parents with maga fines. Child protective services may get involved as clearly many parents failed to meet the standard. Book em Dano!!!!
on September 27,2013 | 10:59AM
poidogVA62 wrote:
Saying this is kids will be kids is just plain stupid. $20,000 worth of damage is not criminal mischief.
on September 27,2013 | 12:36PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Let's see these "parents" try to wrangle their kids out of this mess.
on September 27,2013 | 01:18PM
Anonymous wrote:
How much you want to bet that the 'kids with well to do parents' will get off, while the middle class and lower income kids will get the full scope of justice thrown at them.....This is about parental accountability and in this instance, there does not seem to be much of that going on in Albany, New York!
on September 27,2013 | 08:14PM
mokebla wrote:
Job well done Brian Holloway. I don't think it will put a stop to it, but it will set a president. You play you pay, this is not the movies. Its the real world!
on September 27,2013 | 02:31PM
BigOpu wrote:
good for them. Now those 6 will rat on 6 more. And those new 6 will rat on others. Soon enough, he'll have a good group of them so he can recoup costs from their parents.
on September 27,2013 | 05:37PM
Anonymous wrote:
I have t hand it to Holloway because he truly has the best interest of the kids in mind, including the kid he took in as a troubled youth. Holloway understands that there are times when tough love is needed. It's something that these kids parents obviously are clueless about.
on September 27,2013 | 06:47PM
poidragon wrote:
I totally agree, as Mr. Holloway offered the offending teen's amnesty, but only a handful came clean and are trying to make things right, while the rest are going to regret not taking the offer! This is about as bad as a 'stupid criminal' stunt can be, how idiotic must you be to post your illegal party pic's on a social media website and not expect to be held criminally liable for trashing the absent homeowners property!
on September 27,2013 | 08:27PM
poidragon wrote:
I totally agree, as Mr. Holloway offered the offending teen's amnesty, but only a handful came clean and are trying to make things right, while the rest are going to regret not taking the offer! This is about as bad as a 'stupid criminal' stunt can be, how stupid must you be to post your illegal party pic's on a social media website and not expect to be held criminally liable for trashing the absent homeowners property!
on September 27,2013 | 08:27PM
NotNasti wrote:
And how stupid could you be to not take advantage of an offer of amnesty?
on September 27,2013 | 09:07PM
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