Search in Salisbury on Oct. 13 ends with arrest on Oct. 15
SALISBURY — Two facilities in Salisbury were put on “soft lockdown” on Tuesday, Oct. 13, as the State Police at Troop B conducted a massive search, aided by the K-9 unit, for a man involved in what is being described as a “domestic incident.”
Stephanie Magyar, principal of Salisbury Central School, sent a note to parents explaining that the school “entered a soft lockdown just before 9 a.m. after hearing from Troop B that there was a domestic dispute nearby and the police were searching for an individual involved. While they did not believe there was immediate danger to students, it was best to be inside while they performed the search.
“A soft lockdown means we keep students inside of the buildings and do not let anyone from the outside in. Students can still move around within the building as needed.
“We remained in the lockdown for the remainder of the morning just to be extra cautious. We got permission to release and remain vigilant for the afternoon.”
The State Police also recommended that residents of Noble Horizons remain indoors. The senior living facility is 2 miles north of the elementary school.
The wide-ranging investigation didn’t end until Thursday, Oct. 15, when the State Police were able to arrest Brian Cupole, 30, of Shelton, Conn.
The police report, which was not released until Friday, Oct. 16, said that troopers responded to a call about a domestic incident, but no information was given on the location of the call. Neighbors in the area just west of Salisbury Central School at Lincoln City and Burton Road said they saw police and K-9s at around 9 a.m. in their neighborhood.
The police said that after they arrived at the location, “the accused fled the scene on foot.”
An extensive search of the area was fruitless. The suspect was not located that day.
The police said that, “An arrest warrant was drafted and subsequently signed by the court on Oct. 14. On Oct. 15, the accused was located, arrested and processed without incident.”
The police declared the case closed. The charges against Cupole are criminal mischief, larceny, disorderly conduct, violation of protective order and threatening.
At the state judicial website, there is no pending case at this point relating to this incident. However, there is a case involving Cupole that is still pending from August 2020. The charges in that case are breach of peace, criminal trespass and improper use of a marker, license or registration. A note on the case says it has been referred to a family relations officer. The next court date related to this arrest is in December.
The version of this article that appeared here and in the print edition of Oct. 22 incorrectly said that the police were also searching the campus of the Salisbury School.