NH man causes Maine games to be cancelled
- Updated: April 18, 2021
Out of an abundance of caution, the Maine and Hartford baseball programs agreed to cancel Sunday’s doubleheader due to an ongoing campus investigation of a threat made on social media.
Maine and Hartford exited Maine’s Mahaney Diamond Complex during warmups, as both teams waited to see if the situation would be resolved quickly. With the situation still ongoing into the afternoon, both teams made the choice to cancel the Sunday games.
The games were cancelled as local, state and federal law enforcement agencies were attempting to locate Afshin Zarechian, a 20-year-old Manchester resident in connection with a social media threat he allegedly made to the Maine campus.
Zarechian drives an older-model green BMW with the New Hampshire license plate RICCH. University of Maine police asked anyone who sees him or his vehicle to call 207.581.4040.
“The University of Maine campus is not in lockdown,” UMaine officials said in a statement. “Out of an absolute abundance of caution, there are extra police patrols in the area, and community members are reminded to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings. If you see something, please say something.”
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