Police: Hartford man accused of threatening police sergeant

The man said he "kills cops" after the sergeant confirmed he was an officer, according to police, and he then continued to threaten to kill the sergeant.

Abby Del Vecchio

Apr 27, 2023, 1:44 AM

Updated 360 days ago

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A Hartford man is accused of threatening a state police sergeant.
Connecticut state police say on Monday morning, a state police sergeant went to enter his vehicle, which was parked on Asylum Street in Hartford, when a man in a Honda Accord began shouting at him asking if he was "a cop."
The man said he "kills cops" after the sergeant confirmed he was an officer, according to police, and he then continued to threaten to kill the sergeant.
Police say the sergeant tried to approach the man to take him into custody, but the man fled in his vehicle.
The sergeant was able to capture the license plate and spotted the same Honda some time later. Police say he tried to pull him over but was unsuccessful.
During the investigation, the sergeant was able to positively identify the vehicle owner as Raymond Lapinski, who was the man who threatened him. Lapinski also has active arrest warrants held by two other police departments.
On Tuesday, state police and Hartford police located Lapinski near Asylum Avenue and Ann Ucello Street. Police say Lapinski attempted to draw a knife on the officers, but when they drew their weapons in turn, Lapinski dropped the knife and was taken into custody.
A state police detective sustained minor injuries during a struggle with Lapinski in the cruiser when he attempted to resist arrest again.
Lapinski is charged with two counts of assault of a public safety officer, criminal attempt to commit assault, interfering with an officer and carrying a dangerous weapon. He was held on $1 million bond.
He was also charged and held on bond relating to the threatening pursuit incidents.


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