Three arrested in CT diner brawl after patron misidentifies Aaron Hernandez’s brother


Three men were arrested at a West Hartford, CT diner this weekend after a brawl that was reportedly sparked by a patron misidentifying DJ Hernandez, the older brother of Aaron Hernandez. Police say the fight broke out after someone shouted out the younger Hernandez’s name when they saw DJ at the diner with a group of friends.

Some details, via Larry Brown Sports:

“It was determined that the fight started over a mistaken identity; someone thought they had seen Aaron Hernandez and shouted out ‘Hey, Aaron Hernandez,’” police wrote in a press release.

The victim of the mistaken identity may have been Aaron’s brother DJ Hernandez, though he was not one of the three men arrested after the scrum. Alberto Lopez, 30, Jesus Agosto, 36 and Thomas Miller, 30, were all arrested and charged with third-degree assault, breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief.

Police say Lopez and Miller told them that they had been sitting at a table with DJ Hernandez when someone yelled Aaron Hernandez’s name. The person who yelled Aaron’s name was allegedly told to shut up, which is when the fight broke out. A woman who was sitting nearby was punched in the face and pushed to the ground during the melee.

Someone close to the Hernandez family has confirmed to us that the person who was misidentified was in fact DJ Hernandez.

As you can see from the picture at the top of this post, the elder Hernandez, a former UConn quarterback and current Iowa State assistant, does look quite a bit like his younger brother Aaron so it’s not hard to see why someone would confuse the two.

But anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the past two weeks, especially near his hometown of Bristol, CT, ought to know that Hernandez is currently locked up awaiting his murder trial. Just seems like an odd story.

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Pete Blackburn
Founder & lead editor of The Nosebleeds. Journalism graduate of Endicott College, Class of 2013. Boston born & raised.
  • Danny Jaillet

    I have a feeling DJ will be involved in more incidents like this for the rest of his life.

  • ldazzle

    Yeah, they’ll both get ‘life’.

  • jmoney

    DJ is an assistant at Iowa, not Iowa State

  • Brian Voss

    Please change it to say that he is an assistant at the University of Iowa, not Iowa State.