STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. - Police in Rensselaer County tell NEWS10 ABC that six people between the ages of 17 and 21-years old are facing charges Thursday for their involvement in the Labor Day weekend house party and vandalism at a former NFL player's Stephentown home.
But, these six are not alone - not by a long shot.
Police say the total number of those expected to be arrested will end up being in the hundreds - a record number for one single case in Rensselaer County.
Investigators say between 100 and 200 people will face charges ranging from felony Burglary and Grand Larceny to misdemeanors, such as Criminal Trespass or Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
Police say the six "key players," those who hosted and supplied the alcohol and drugs at the August 31st party, were arrested on Thursday and will be brought into Stephentown Court one by one to face charges.
Those arrested Thursday were 19-year-old Seth Hawk, of Grafton, for allegedly organizing, advertising, and providing alcohol for the party. He's been charged with Burglary 3rd-degree, Criminal Mischief 4th-gegree, both felonies, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Unlawfully Dealing with a child, misdemeanors.
Cody Blain, 21, of Berlin, and 20-year-old Juan Santana, of Grafton, have both been arrested for allegedly providing alcohol. They have each been charged with Criminal Trespass 2nd-degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Unlawfully Dealing with a child, misdemeanors.
Also charged were 18-year-old Meghan Loiselle of Green Island, 17-year-old Mackenzie Grogan of Cohoes and 18-year-old Keely C. Sullivan of Troy for allegedly stealing a granite eagle statue valued over $1,200 from the home. They have each been charged with felony Grand Larceny and Criminal Trespass.
Brian Holloway appeared in court himself on Thursday, telling NEWS10 ABC he wanted to see for himself the arrests were happening.
One mother of a teen arrested gave a tearful apology to Holloway outside of court. They say they knew each other well, and Holloway says the male arrested was a frequent visitor to the home, even living there at times.
"Today's arrests send a strong message to the youth in our community, this kind of behavior will not be tolerated," said Sheriff Jack Mahar "it is also an example of the excellent work performed by our Sheriff's investigators"
Each of the accused pleaded bit guilty in court Thursday, and they were released to family members after their court appearances. They are due back in court on October 17th.
NEWS10 ABC was the first to bring you the story of how Holloway's Stephentown home was broken into and then, police say, vandalized by nearly 300 partying teens and young adults.
The teens documented the entire drunken evening on their Twitter and Instagram sites.
Holloway, a former LA Raider and New England Patriot, caught a lot of heat for turning the tables on the kids by posting their own pictures and messages on a website he created.
Parents reacted angrily towards this; one mother even told NEWS10 ABC's Anya Tucker that she planned on taking legal action against Holloway.
The result has been a media fire storm. Holloway has made the rounds on national television talk shows and news channels, talking over a rolling array of photos of the teens partying inside his vacant farmhouse.
The former NFL star also showed the damage - a spray painted barn, scraped up floors, broken windows and beer and urine stains on his carpets. Holloway says there has been more than $20,000 in damage.
Holloway was also upset that an eagle memorial for his stillborn grandson had allegedly been stolen. It has since been returned, and the three people who allegedly stole the statue were charged with felony Grand Larceny, police say.
Holloway initially said he did not want to press charges against the kids, that he wanted instead, to have a community dialogue to help steer the kids in the right direction. He even hosted a party at his Stephentown property in which many volunteers came to clean up the mess. However, only four teens who admitted to being at the party actually showed up to apologize and help.
Many wondered why the arrests took so long. But, investigators insist that interviewing hundreds of teens and their parents was necessary to get to those truly responsible for the damage.
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