July 5, 2016


The Band Perry Cancel Delaware Concert Due to Alleged Threat

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Just before the concert was about to start, The Band Perry canceled a sold-out show at the Americana Bayside Welcome Center in Selbyville, Delaware. 

According to Delaware Online, police reported that two men made threatening comments regarding the country trio to an employee at the venue at about 2:55 p.m. “Due to heightened security concerns, and for the safety of our fans, the show has been rescheduled for August 17,” the band notified fans on social media. The show was canceled just 15 minutes before opening act Melissa Alesi was to perform; The Band Perry were scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Approximately 2,400 people were presumed to be in attendance. Alyson Cunningham, a spokesperson for event organizers, commented that the venue had bolstered their security program following the death of Christina Grimmie at her Orlando, Florida concert.

On Tuesday morning, Delaware Online reported that one of the two men, Dmitry N. Papou turned himself in to the authorities after photos of him and the other man were shown on local media. He was consequently charged with a felony for “terroristic threatening” and released on $20,000 bail. 

Police have identified the second suspect involved in yesterday’s threats but have yet to make any arrest.