Three Schenectady teens arrested in connection with Bishop Gibbons field house arson

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Schenectady police confirm they have arrested three Schenectady teens in connection with an arson at a local football team’s field house.

19-year-old Shameek McDuffie, 18-year-old Josheph Riordan, and 17-year-old Francis Civitello were arrested Thursday in connection to the October 21 arson fire at the Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons’s field house.

McDuffie is facing felony charges of 3rd degree arson, 3rd degree burglary and 2nd degree criminal mischief. In addition, he is facing misdemeanor charges of petit larceny, 4th degree criminal mischief, and 3rd degree criminal tresspass

Riordan is facing felony charges of 3rd degree burglary and criminal mischief, and  misdemeanor charges of petit larceny and criminal trespass.

Civitell is facing a criminal mischief charge.

Riordan and McDuffie are being held without bailtheir appearance in court Friday morning. They are scheduled to be back in court on Monday.

The Holy Trinity football team lost all of its equipment in the fire. The building was destroyed, lockers were charred, cleats and helmets were melted and jerseys were torched. It took place less than two days before the team’s first ever playoff game.

The team received an outpouring of support from their community, and local high schools and colleges donated gear so they could still play.

Bishop Gibbons’s principal told NEWS10 at the time that the cost to replace the equipment is around $100,000. Rebuilding the field house could cost nearly $500,000.


They are expected to be arraigned Friday morning. A judge will be called in since court is closed for Veterans Day.

In addition, police tell NEWS10 a bomb threat was called into the police station Thursday night. No word on if the threat was related to the arrests.

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