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Police: Man Dressed in Black, Wearing Mask Prompted School Lockdown

Redding man charged with breach of peace after police search in Ridgefield.

A 22-year-old man dressed in black, wearing a mask and carrying an umbrella in such a way that it resembled a Samarui sword prompted a scare in Ridgefield that led to a lockdown at area schools and a search involving many law enforcement agencies, according to Ridgefield Police.

Wilfredo M. Seda, 22, of 46 Portland Avenue, Redding, was arrested and charged with breach of peace as a result of the incident, which began at 8 a.m. Monday with a call from a Ridgefield resident about a suspicious man walking nearby.

The initial report alerted police to a man dressed all in black and carrying what appeared to be a rifle in the area of Portland Avenue and Ethan Allan Highway. Ridgefield police said that they, with the help of other police agencies, quickly secured the area and launched a search.

The effort included police dogs and led to Branchville School being locked down and children redirected to another school as a precaution. Other Ridgefield schools were also put on lockdown.

When Seda was located, police said, he was wearing all black clothing, a watch cap and a face mask looking like a beard. Seda did not have a weapon, but police said the umbrella worn across his back had the outward appearance of a sword.

As the incident came in the wake of Friday's deadly shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School, the incident not only led to lockdowns at schools in Ridgefield but at schools in nearby districts in Connecticut and New York. By about 11:30 a.m., the lockdown in Ridgefield had been lifted.

Seda is scheduled to answer the charge against him on Jan. 3, 2013 in Danbury Superior Court.

For full coverage of the Sandy Hook tragedy, click here.

Skeptic December 22, 2012 at 04:27 PM
From the CT Post.... Capt. Thomas Comstock of the Ridgefield Police Department said Seda did not take any actions that might constitute breach of peace. Instead, Comstock said, it was Seda's "mode" of appearance -- dressed in black, with a black hood, carrying what looked to be some sort of weapon, that prompted police to charge him with breach of peace. Seda was unavailable for comment Monday afternoon. Read more: http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Man-carrying-umbrella-charged-with-breach-of-peace-4124453.php#ixzz2FnZfeeey
Henry Glawson December 22, 2012 at 06:24 PM
If that is accurate, I would sue the pants off of the RPD. You can't arrest someone because he decided to wear black and carry an umbrella. Typical RPD behavior. A few wanna-bes looking for some action. Rather than chasing loitering teens and arresting someone for their "mode" of appearance, these clowns should find their action at the circus- where they belong. Comstock needs to explain the ridiculous actions of his terribly under-worked department.
sebastian dangerfield December 22, 2012 at 07:49 PM
He wont get any money for suing. when people get arrested for obvious things--we can form opinions. But according to John McNicholas, when it's the police that may have erred, or made a mistake, we need to withhold judgment. Nope, Mr McNicholas-- a jury and judge should withhold judgment. Public opinions are allowed to form without complete information. And that is what this forum is intended to accomplish. Being a police officer or a former police officer, despite the arrogance that attaches itself to that position, does not allow you to tell me if I am allowed to have an opinion.
John McNicholas December 23, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Sebastian I do not have the time to spend discussing something with you since you have already formed an opinion. I never said anything that would make anyone think I am pro police just because I am a former officer. The comments about my arrogance should be more directed to you as you are forming an opinion of me and making personal attacks when you cant find a logical defense for your remarks. If the police are wrong so be it but just like every other citizen they are intitled to be presumed innocent of any wrong doing until the evidence clearly points in that direciton. Many people, who ahve opinions like yours only inflame the issue rather than discuss it based on facts and not opinions. Arrogance-a little self evalutaion might be in order. Additonally, you might try using your given name when trying to smear someone-or maybe that is your style- no guts. I am availeble to have a logical discussion on any issue you wish- I will still use my true name.
Bud Foltyn May 20, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Wilfredo was due in court on January 3rd....does anyone know if the (ridiculous face-saving) "breach of peace" charge actually stuck? I can't find updates anywhere, and a search on the Danbury Superior Court site turns up nothing. Thanks.

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