NEW ROCHELLE, NY — New Rochelle Police arrested a man this afternoon at the New Rochelle train station after receiving a report he was attempting to detonate a backpack.
At 2:34 p.m. on this date, 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.
“Thomas J Skoupa, aged 54, was taken into custody without further incident,” said New Rochelle Police Captain Cosmo Costa. “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.