Fifth teen charged in connection with Massena school vandalism, more arrests possible
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 5:30 pm

MASSENA -- Village police have arrested a fifth teenager in connection with a break-in and vandalism at Massena High School in June.

On Sept. 6 at 3:13 p.m., police charged an 18-year-old female with third-degree criminal trespass. Police withheld her name.

She is the fifth suspect charged in connection with the incident.

Chief Adam Love and District Attorney Gary Pasqua have previously cited state law to justify withholding young suspects’ names due to their ages.

“We’re still investigating the incident,” Love said Friday, Sept. 14. “We’ll eventually come to a dead end, but we don’t want to leave any strings untied. We want to do a full investigation and make sure we’re doing what can.”

During the incident, more than 20 students wearing masks broke into the school and committed acts of vandalism. Sources have said animals were abused during the incident, including a chicken that lost a leg and a rabbit that was kicked.

However, during an Aug. 9 press conference, Chief Love and DA Pasqua said there is nothing on the surveillance footage they reviewed that shows intent to injure an animal.

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