DJ Hernandez, the older sibling of NFL player Aaron Hernandez who was convicted of murder, has encountered legal troubles repeatedly in recent months.
The latest allegations against him are extremely concerning.
On July 19, Hernandez was apprehended in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut. Documents from the Bristol Police Department obtained by TMZ reveal that multiple individuals came forward earlier in the month, reporting that DJ was behaving erratically and sending threatening text messages.
One of the messages allegedly stated, “we’re taking lives if s*** isn’t paid up” and “it’s been years in planning just taking notes, names, and locations.”
#BREAKING: DJ Hernandez, brother of Aaron Hernandez, has been arrested for a fourth time this year. This time, for planning school shootings, according to the latest arrest warrant. https://t.co/KoJv1ek5tG pic.twitter.com/hO4PNaj0Th
— WFSB Channel 3 (@WFSBnews) July 25, 2023
According to a woman who claimed to be DJ’s ex, the 37-year-old employed her vehicle to travel to Brown University and the University of Connecticut, his alma mater, on July 7. It’s worth noting that Hernandez had a court date scheduled for that day due to a preceding arrest.
The woman informed police that Hernandez “entered several classrooms and buildings” at both campuses. Additionally, another person shared their belief with the police that Hernandez visited these schools to strategize shootings.
On July 19, police became aware of threatening messages on social media posted by Hernandez. One of the messages stated, “I will kill without hesitation. I have warned my enemies to pay up front.”
Later that day, officers visited a residence where Hernandez was located. When they attempted to make contact with him, the former UConn quarterback reportedly informed the police that he was armed and warned that he would kill them all if they approached him.
Eventually, Hernandez emerged from the residence with his hands raised and continued to shout “shoot me,” disregarding the commands of the police. As a result, the police used a Taser to subdue and apprehend him.
After being taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation, Hernandez persisted in making threats, including threatening to kill individuals who profited from his brother Aaron’s situation and mentioning ESPN. Following his hospital release, Hernandez was charged with making threats and breaching the peace. He was initially held on a $250,000 bond but has since been released and is scheduled to appear in court next week.
Prior to this incident, Hernandez had been arrested in May for leading the police on a car chase. A few days later, he was apprehended again for allegedly throwing a brick and a handwritten note at ESPN headquarters in Bristol. DJ Hernandez, who played at UConn from 2005-2008 as a quarterback and then a wide receiver, had a career downturn following his brother Aaron’s arrest and subsequent charges for multiple murders a decade ago.
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