NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Taunts on SnapChat among teens from rival towns led to the arrest last week of two Darien High football players in connection with the assault of a New Canaan teen, according to media reports.
The details of the Nov. 6 dispute were revealed in arrest warrants for the two Darien High seniors, who turned themselves in to police on the eve of the Blue Wave’s Thanksgiving Day matchup against New Canaan High School.
Brian Minicus, 18, a wide receiver and defensive back, was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful restraint. Jack Joyce, 18, the starting quarterback, was charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer.
A 17-year-old from Darien, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, was charged with third-degree conspiracy to commit assault and second-degree unlawful restraint.
According to court documents, the dispute began at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, when the teen victim was at a friend’s house in New Canaan with others, according to the New Canaan News.
The teens were exchanging SnapChat messages with teens at other location, saying such things as “Darien High sucks and New Canaan High is better,” and Joyce sent a photo of his middle finger and a message of “we’re coming,” according to the New Canaan News.
The teens were told not to go to the New Canaan home, but the victim told police that at 11:15 p.m. a “carload of Darien kids” arrived and entered the house, according to the New Canaan Advertiser.
That is when the assault occurred, with Minicus placing the victim in a headlock while the 17-year-old juvenile offender held him down, police said in a statement. Minicus punched the juvenile victim in the head and face, police said.
The assault was stopped by a friend of the victim, who pulled off Minicus and the juvenile offender, police said.
Police said Joyce also went to the house, yelled at a girl there and initially denied to police that he sent any of the messages, according to the New Canaan News.
The victim reported the assault to New Canaan police the next day.
Minicus and Joyce are both due in court on Dec. 5. The unidentified juvenile is due in juvenile court on an unspecified date.
Minicus and Joyce did not play in the Turkey Bowl football game on Thanksgiving, in which Darien lost to New Canaan. Joyce returned to the field Tuesday night for Darien’s quarterfinal game, which the Blue Wave won.
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