A man has been arrested in connection with terrorist threats.
The Band Perry were forced to cancel their show in Delaware on Sunday (July 3rd 2016) after a fan threatened to bring guns to the sold-out venue when he was told he couldn't purchase tickets. The man has since been arrested and charged with making threats of terrorism.
The Band Perry cancel show over security concerns
The concert was cancelled 15 minutes before it was due to begin on Sunday night on the Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville, after which he turned himself in to the authorities. According to reports, a 35-year-old man named Dzmitry N. Papou and a friend asked for tickets at the venue's box office ahead of the show but were told that they had all sold out. They even asked about someone that they knew could get them access, but the employee told them she'd never heard of them. When the men continued to push, asking what would happen if they 'jumped the fence', they were told that they would be expelled from the venue, but it was when they suggested bringing guns along with them that the employee decided to call the police.
The two men's images were released to the public and by Monday night Papou had turned himself in at Troop 4 in Georgetown. He was charged with felony terroristic threatening and released on an unsecured bail of $20,000, but he denies that he ever mentioned bringing guns to the venue. His friend has not been charged.
Security measures surrounding concert venues have no doubt increased tenfold in recent months, following the death of Christina Grimmie after her Orlando show last month, the shooting incident at T.I's show in May and, of course, the terrorist attacks on the Bataclan theatre in France during the Eagles of Death Metal's gig last year.
The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation in charge of events on the Freeman stage said in a statement: 'We are thankful and appreciative of the timely work of the Delaware State Police and the community's support following the incident that took place Sunday. We will see this investigation through the final outcome and continue to make our patrons' safety our No. 1 priority.'
The Band Perry released a statement on their own Twitter page. 'To our friends and fans in Delaware - Due to heightened security concerns, and for the safety of our fans, the show has been rescheduled for August 17', they said. 'While we are sad we don't get to see you tonight, we love you and consider your wellbeing and security our top priority. We'll see you soon.'
To our friends + fans in Delaware. pic.twitter.com/ILoMOke9ZY— The Band Perry (@thebandperry) July 3, 2016