Police arrested a 16-year-old for allegedly making threatening phone calls to gay bars in Boston, Massachusetts.
Both of the reported calls came in Friday (23 November) evening, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States.
One call was made to The Alley, a gay bar boasting themed nights and events like trivia and karaoke. The second call was made to dbar in Dorchester, a location open seven days a week that transforms from a full restaurant into a nightclub.
Authorities arrested the male teen in Seabrook, New Hampshire the same night.
According to the Boston Police Department, the teen hails from Hampton, New Hampshire. They traced the calls to a landline phone in Peabody, Massachusetts.
At the time of his arrest, police said the teen was previously wanted on ‘outstanding warrants sought out of Suffolk County Juvenile Court for Threats with Serious Public Alarm and Civil Rights Violations’.
He also faced additional warrants on other charges from differing jurisdictions.
The teen’s identity is beind withheld as a minor.
Not giving in
Brian Piccini, the owner of dbar, told WCVB, an ABC-affiliate, the person on the phone said they were going to ‘shoot the place up’.
In a now deleted Facebook post, the Alley also wrote they received a phone call in which the caller ‘threatened the bar’.
‘We will continue to show our defiance towards intolerance by not giving into threats by standing united at dbar,’ Piccini commented.
‘We will continue to work with the BPD to ensure a safe and friendly experience for all of our guests.’