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Top Stories 2012: Man With Umbrella Leads To Ridgefield Lockdown

Police investigated a report of a suspicious person at the Branchville train station in Ridgefield, which caused the lock down of all the public schools in town.
Police investigated a report of a suspicious person at the Branchville train station in Ridgefield, which caused the lock down of all the public schools in town. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith, file photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — As the end of 2012 comes into view, The Ridgefield Daily Voice is looking back at some of the year's biggest stories.

Only three days after the country was shocked by the shootings at Sandy Hook, Ridgefield had a scare when the schools were locked down as police searched for a suspicious man.

A resident reported to the Ridgefield Police Department on Monday, Dec. 17, that a man was walking around the area of Branchville Elementary School dressed in all black with what looked like a long gun, possibly a rifle.

Ridgefield quickly diverted school buses bound for Branchville and put all nine schools on lockdown as they searched the immediate area. The lockdown was lifted shortly after 11 a.m. and the Branchville students were brought back to their school.

Police identified the man as Redding resident Wilfredo Seda, 22, later the same day and charged him with a breach of peace. According to the report, Seda had been wearing all black clothing, a watch cap and a face mask that looked like a beard. An umbrella was strapped across his back making it look like a Samurai sword.

No further details of the charges have been made available.

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