Redding Man 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.

Peggy Sansiveri Palmer December 17, 2012 at 11:49 PM
After 27 innocent people were gunned down not 10 miles from Redding I think the police acted as they should. We are all a bit on edge & being extra cautious right now.
NotALawyer December 18, 2012 at 12:36 AM
The police did act as they should have in response the initial report. However, once the investigating officers determined that no threat had existed, it was unnecessary to then charge him. Under Section 53a-181 of the Connecticut General Statutes, none of his actions substantiate a breach of peace charge.
S December 18, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I would disagree...Here is a person dressed they way he was, near a school, 3 days after Newtown. He had intent...obviously not to kill with an umbrella...but to scare. Would you think differently if this was near YOUR childs school?
Karen December 18, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Yes, but once they found out it was nothing, why charge him? he is 22, probably not even thinking about how he looks and probably dresses like that all the time. People are on a witch hunt!
SM_bos December 18, 2012 at 04:11 AM
You know the guy's intent after reading 7 paragraphs in a psuedo newspaper? Absolutely guarantee charges get dropped. Police get overtime pay. Nothing is accomplished except false arrest.


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