Brian Holloway, a former NFL offensive lineman with the Raiders and New England Patriots, is using Twitter to track down teenagers who trashed his family's vacation home in upstate New York during a Labor Day weekend party.
Holloway, a Stanford graduate who lives in Lutz, Fla., where he was at the time, heard about the rampaging teens from his 19-year-old son, who was receiving information via Twitter about the out-of-control party, which police estimate was attended by 200 to 400 people. Holloway didn't believe the youths were at his home in Stephentown, N.Y., until he recognized his dining room table, on which a photo showed people dancing.
Estimates put the damage at more than $20,000, not including items that were stolen from the home. The damage included broken windows and doors, dozens of holes in walls and graffiti. Before Holloway could contact police, tweets told of police arriving and partygoers scattering across the 200-acre property.
There are two punch lines here: Holloway and his family watched it unfold on Twitter, which they're using to track down the culprits, and the former pro football player wants to help reform the teenagers.
"We were getting eyewitness reports of what was happening while it was happening," Holloway said. "We couldn't believe what was going down."
Although some teenagers have been identified, according to school officials in the area, no arrests have been reported. Holloway said he compiled a list of 200 names of teens he believes were at the party and posted them on a website he created, www.helpmesave300.com, to see if they will take responsibility.
Several teens who weren't at the party but heard about it showed up this week and helped remove urine-soaked carpets and 10 large trash bags filled with liquor bottles, Holloway told The Associated Press.
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