Joseph Mattia

Hamilton man arrested for allegedly threatening Fairfield students at football practice

UPDATE: at 12:23 p.m.:

Police arrested a 22-year-old man Wednesday afternoon during football practice at the Fairfield Alumni Stadium after he reportedly was threatening students in the parking lot.

Police arrested Joseph Mattia, of Hamilton, and charged him with multiple counts of trespassing, menacing and disorderly conduct, all fourth-degree misdemeanors.

Police responded Wednesday afternoon to the stadium, 1579 Stadium Drive, after a 911 caller said there was a man who possibly had a firearm and was upset about something that happened at the last football game. Police said Mattia did not possess a firearm, and no students were harmed.

 

Mattia was allegedly upset about some interaction Fairfield students had with members of his family, according to police. Fairfield played Hamilton on Friday in the opening round of the playoffs. Fairfield beat Hamilton 37-13.

An unidentified school official called police at 2:51 p.m. Wednesday at the request of head football coach Jason Krause, according to the caller. 

“He’s yelling at people in our parking lot,” the caller said. “I don’t know if he has a gun. Our coaches are out there. I was just told to call. One of the athletes supposedly saw (a gun) in his car.”

The caller said Mattia came over to the high school first. 

Mattia is scheduled to appear on Nov. 27 in Fairfield Municipal Court.

Fairfield City School District spokeswoman Gina Gentry-Fletcher said the school is investigating Mattia’s alleged visit to the high school, but declined further comment.

“This is an active police investigation. As a result, it is not appropriate for the district to comment further,” she said.

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