Teen arrested after threatening message about hockey game; search of home nets 18 guns.

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Isabel Hughes - Delaware News Journal


A local high school hockey player who police said posted a threatening message on social media along with a photo of him holding a gun ahead of a Sunday hockey game has been arrested.


The 16-year-old, who Delaware Online/The News Journal is not naming because he is a juvenile, is a member of Hodgson Vocational Technical High School's team. The school was scheduled to play at the Patriot Ice Center against a combined Newark High School and Tatnall School team at 5:20 p.m. Sunday.


According to court documents obtained by The News Journal, the teen is accused of sharing a photo of a gun in his waistband with a caption of "tell Tatnall pull up." Ice hockey officials canceled the game because of the threat and notified Newark police.


When police later executed a search warrant at the teen's home, a family member, 40-year-old Richard Griffin Jr., told police he had guns in the residence but that they were locked up.


Police found 11 handguns, four rifles, two shotguns and a machine pistol in the home. Only a few of the weapons were locked up, court documents say. Police also found an "overwhelming amount" of ammunition, 34.5 grams of marijuana, digital scales, baggies, a grinder and other drug paraphernalia.


Griffin was charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child, while the teen was charged with possession of a firearm by a juvenile and terroristic threatening.


Griffin was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court and was released on $7,500 unsecured bail. The teen was also arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court and was released on $4,000 unsecured bail.


Send story tips or ideas to Isabel Hughes at ihughes@delawareonline.com or 302-324-2785. For all things breaking news, follow her on Twitter at @izzihughes_

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