Updated, 5:35 a.m.: Copy edits
NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk High School cafeteria worker threatened to come to the school with an AK-47 “to finish everything and then ‘off’ himself,” Norwalk Police say.
Leslie Delaney, 69, of Hamden was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of a weapon, threatening second degree and breach of peace second degree, after officers found an unloaded 22 caliber Mossberg rifle in Delaney’s vehicle, Norwalk Police Lt. Terry Blake said in a press release. Bond was $75,000.
Delaney claimed he had been joking, the press release said.
The threats were made Thursday and revealed to school security by another cafeteria worker early Tuesday, the release said. Delaney warned the co-worker that if he came to school in Army fatigues, the co-worker should leave because he planned “to finish everything and then ‘off’ himself.”
Officers went to the school Tuesday and removed Delaney from the building, and Delaney admitted to making the statements but “suggested they were a joke,” Blake’s release said.
“Based on additional information obtained during the investigation, Delaney was transported by ambulance to the Norwalk Hospital for an evaluation,” the release said. “Officers received consent to search Delaney’s vehicle, which was parked at Norwalk High School. While searching the vehicle officers located a .22 caliber Mossberg rifle in the trunk. The rifle was not loaded and there was no ammunition in the vehicle.”
Delaney was arrested and taken to Norwalk Police headquarters. Officers obtained a warrant and searched his house, finding no additional weapons, Blake said.
“Based on the investigation, it was determined that there was no immediate threat to students or staff,” Blake wrote in the release. “However additional School Resource Officers will be at Norwalk High School tomorrow to provide an added sense of security.”