Woodford man arrested on warrant from Conn.

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BENNINGTON — A 58-year-old Woodford man was arrested at his home Tuesday after an arrest warrant was requested by Connecticut authorities stemming from an incident where he allegedly made threats against a family member, police say.

At a Wednesday afternoon Bennington court appearance in to answer to the charge of being a fugitive from justice, Richard Koproski waived extradition and consented to return to Connecticut to answer to charges of threatening in the first degree and harassment in the second degree. Connecticut authorities have been notified of Koproski's waived extradition and will take him into custody within two weeks, states the court docket.

Koproski was ordered held without bail at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility as he waits to be taken into custody by Connecticut authorities.

On Friday, Vermont State Police at the Shaftsbury barracks learned that law enforcement in Connecticut were granted an arrest warrant for Koproski, who allegedly made threats to kill a family member on Facebook. This warrant was made extraditable from surrounding states, including Vermont.

Koproski, who police say has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, sent a family member a Facebook message on Jan. 14 saying if the victim comes to his house, it will be "like walking into a grave" and threatening to shoot the victim in the head, states a Vermont State Police affidavit.

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Koproski also bragged about having a weapons "arsenal" at his home, made references to his shooting skills on social media, and said he cannot need to be held responsible for his actions because of his "psychotic state," the affidavit states. The affidavit also indicates Koproski may have been setting up an "ambush style attack on whoever approaches the residence."

Due to the nature of threats Koproski made, troopers applied for and were granted a search warrant for Koproski's Hickory Road home. Troopers were given permission to arrest Koproski and seize "any and all firearms and ammunition" as ordered by the Connecticut State Court, states a VSP press release.

It was not immediately clear whether police seized any weapons from his house.

Koproski was arrested at his home around 2 p.m. Tuesday without incident and was held at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail.

Christie Wisniewski can be reached at cwisniewski@benningtonbanner.com and at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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