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Jonathan Hernandez, Brother of Aaron Hernandez, Facing New Charges After Alleged Threats and Visits to UConn and Brown Universities

Jonathan Hernandez, the older brother of Aaron Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end, has been arrested after a woman close to him reported concerns that he was planning a school shooting. Dennis Hernandez, a former football player at UConn, was arrested in Bristol, Connecticut after making threats to kill police officers who had come to his home. He emerged from the house yelling, “shoot me, shoot me,” and was then shocked with a stun gun and taken into custody.

In an arrest report, police stated that Hernandez, who played quarterback and wide receiver for the Huskies in the mid-2000s, said on his way to the hospital that he planned to kill anyone who had profited from his younger brother’s situation. Two women had alerted the police about his deteriorating mental health, leading them to visit his home in Bristol.

Earlier in March, Hernandez had been arrested after throwing a bag containing a brick and a note onto ESPN’s property in Bristol. He did not appear in court as scheduled on July 7, and one of the women reported that he had told her he went to UConn’s campus in Storrs and Brown University’s campus in Providence to “map the schools out.” This raised concerns that he might be planning a school shooting.

UConn police confirmed that a vehicle linked to Hernandez was on campus on the day in question. The other woman told police that Hernandez had made threats on social media towards her and others, including a message that said, “Will I kill? Absolutely.” He also expressed anger towards UConn coaches and university officials, stating that he was “taking down everything.”

Hernandez is now facing charges of threatening, breach of peace, and failure to appear in court. He is being held on $250,000 bail and is due back in court on August 1. The University of Connecticut stated that there was no known imminent threat to the school at the time and that Hernandez was taken into custody shortly after they learned of the incident. Brown University, where Hernandez served as quarterbacks coach in the past, confirmed that he had not returned to campus recently.

This incident comes after Aaron Hernandez’s suicide in 2017 while serving a murder sentence.

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