Just moments before the show was supposed to start, management and police closed down the venue due to alarming threats made to an employee at the Welcome Center about the show.
The concert, set for July 3rd, featured The Band Perry as headlining act with Melissa Alesi opening at Freeman Stage in Selbyville, Delaware.
Amid heightened security concerns following the recent mass shootings and the point-blank shooting of ‘Voice’ star Christina Grimmie, the management and local police decided to cancel the concert following threats made by two men prior to the show.
It has not been disclosed what the two men stated, however, Delaware State Police have arrested one man and charged him with “felony terroristic threatening” according to The Boot.
The man, Dzmitry N. Papou, turned himself in on Monday (July 4th) night and was released on $20,000 unsecured bail and issued a no-contact order with the Welcome Center where the threats originally occurred.
Credit: Delaware State Police
The Band Perry has since rescheduled their concert and is offering refunds to anyone who cannot make the new date on August 17th. Additionally, they have expressed their apologies for the situation, but expressed their top priority is the wellbeing of everyone in attendance.
The threats are said to have been very specific regarding the concert and The Band Perry, and would have put the country group, fans, venue volunteers and employees at risk.
Delaware State Police are still searching for the second man in connection with the threats.
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