Friday, April 16, 2004
ESPN.com news services
Blues center Mike Danton has been arrested by FBI agents on murder-for-hire charges, according to two media outlets in St. Louis.
Danton was arrested in San Jose, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, after the Blues were eliminated from the playoffs Thursday night by the Sharks.
Danton, 23, and Katie Wolfmeyer, 19, are accused of trying to hire a man to kill an acquaintance in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in East St. Louis, the paper reported. KDSK NewsChannel 5 in St. Louis reports that the official charge is using interstate commerce with the intent that a murder be committed.
The complaint says that Danton quarreled with the intended victim about Danton’s “promiscuity and use of alcohol,” and that Danton “begged the acquaintance not to go to the general manager of the St. Louis Blues hockey organization and ruin his career,” the paper reported.
According to the complaint, the intended victim called Danton on Friday and the FBI recorded the call. During the call, “Danton broke down and sobbed. Danton explained that he felt backed into a corner and also felt that the acquaintance was going to leave him,” the Post-Dispatch reported.
Wolfmeyer also was arrested Thursday night, the paper reported. Nobody was injured.
Blues president Mark Sauer told NewsChannel 5 that “it would be inappropriate for the Blues to comment on this matter at this time. There is nothing we can say except to refer this to the proper law enforcement officials. This matter is now in the hands of the judicial system.”
Danton played in all six playoff games and scored one goal. The 2003-04 season was his first full season in the NHL. He played 68 games for the Blues during the regular season, producing 12 points and accumulating 141 penalty minutes. He played 17 games for New Jersey in the 2002-03 season.