On Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at about 8:40 a.m., East Hampton Police Sgt. Paul Battista and Officers Michael Salafia and Hardie Burgin responded to a report of a bomb at the East Hampton Middle School on Childs Road.
According to a report released by police, school custodians discovered what appeared to be a bomb on the ground near the front entrance doors of the school as they were preparing to open the school for a Christian Youth Basketball League.
The approximately 12″x 8″x 4″ package was red and orange, with what appeared to be a timing device attached to the top.
Police say the school was locked down and the area secured while East Hampton Emergency Medical and Fire Department Personnel were summoned to the scene to stand by.
Police say the Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad was immediately summoned to the school to investigate the suspicious item and CSP Bomb technicians thoroughly examined and X-rayed the device.
Police say it was ultimately determined to be a fake bomb and did not contain any explosives. The school was checked for any other dangerous items with none being found and was declared safe.
Police also report that an inspection of the school’s security camera footage revealed that at about 1:47 a.m., a silver, four-door vehicle pulled up to the front of the school and a white male wearing a plaid flannel shirt could be seen exiting the vehicle with the fake bomb in hand. He is then seen walking up to the front doors of the school and placing it in front of the doors. The suspect could then be seen going back to the vehicle and driving away.
Police report that Officer Michael Salafia recognized the suspect as Sean Doran, 20, of 59 South Main St., East Hampton.
Police say it was also known by East Hampton officers that Doran has dated Kayla Sypek, 20, of 17 Staeth Road, East Hampton who is also known to drive a silver 2008 Toyota Corolla, a vehicle consistent with the one seen in the school’s surveillance video.
At about 12:27, Officer Hardie Burgin located the suspect vehicle on Staeth Road, with Kayla Sypek at the wheel, and conducted a motor vehicle stop. Also in the vehicle were Sean Doran and Sypek’s 2-year old daughter. At the time of the stop, Doran was wearing the same plaid, flannel shirt as seen in the surveillance video from the school, according to police.
Police say Doran and Sypek admitted to Officer Burgin that they had gone to the Middle School earlier and planted the facsimile bomb. Doran and Sypek were then placed under arrest and taken to the East Hampton Police Department.
Police say that Doran Sypek claimed they found the fake bomb in debris at the Strategy Plus Paintball facility on Bear Swamp Road in East Hampton and brought it to the school during the late night hours.
Officers later went to Strategy Plus and found similar debris that was consistent with the materials used in the facsimile bomb planted by Doran and Sypek.
Sean Doran and Kayla Sypek were both charged with first-degree Reckless Endangerment, first-degree Threatening and first-degree Breach of Peace, all of which are felony charges.
Police say Doran and Sypek gave confessions admitting their involvement in the case. They were each held on $100,000 bonds and were held in custody until their arraignment at Middlesex Superior Court scheduled for today, Jan. 14.
Authorities from the Federal Bureau of Investigation are also conducting an investigation; Doran and Sypek could face federal charges as well.
Police say East Hampton officers checked all of the other schools in town and found no evidence of any other bombs, facsimile bombs, or any other dangerous items at any other locations. This appears to be an isolated incident.
Posted January 14, 2013
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