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Man with bag device arrested at New Rochelle train station

Posted at 4:41 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 16:42:31-04

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Police rushed to the New Rochelle Train Station Monday afternoon amid reports  that a man was attempting to detonate a backpack.

Police rushed to the New Rochelle trainsstation on Sept. 23 amid reports of a man with a device. (New Rochelle Police)

Officers spotted the 54-year-old man man, who was sitting on a bench, around 2:30 p.m., officials said. The man had a nylon pouch with wires protruding from the pouch and several cigarette lighters attached.

As officers approached, the man stood up, extended his right arm and activated a small flashlight, turning it on and off several times.

Police charged Thomas Skoupa with making a terroristic threat.

The device was discovered to be a radio/Walkman wrapped in electrical tape connected with wires. It was inoperable.