October 2019

Man Charged with Making a Terrorist Threat

At 2:34 p.m. on September 27, New Rochelle Police Officers responded to the New Rochelle Train Station, on a report of a Male attempting to detonate a backpack that he was wearing. Responding Officers observed a Male/White seated on an outside bench, wearing a nylon pouch with wires protruding from the pouch and several cigarette lighters attached.  Officers approached the Male, who stood up, extended his right arm and activated a small flashlight, turning it on and off several times. The Male, identified as Thomas J Skoupa, aged 54, was taken into custody without further incident.  The device was removed from his body and discovered to be a radio/Walkman wrapped in electrical tape connected with wires, and inoperable.  The suspect was charged with Making a Terroristic Threat, a Class D Felony. The next court appearance will take place on September 30.

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