On April 25, police announced 29-year-old Raymond Lapinski was arrested, The Middletown Press reported. Authorities said Lapinski has had at least five run-ins with police in the Greater Hartford metropolitan area during April.
The last run-in started late morning on April 24 when Lapinski shouted at an on-duty state police sergeant, asked him if he was a “cop” and then told him he “kills cops,” The Middletown Press reported.
Lapinski went on to threaten to kill the officer specifically, WFSB reported. The officer tried to take Lapinski into custody, but he allegedly drove off in a Honda sedan while shouting a bunch of profanities, police said. Lapinski suddenly stopped, made an “obscene hand gesture,” screamed more profanities and took off again.
A car chase ensued, with police saying Lapinski was accelerating to speeds over 100 mph on the highway. Law enforcement eventually gave up the chase “in the interest of public safety,” The Middletown Press reported.
Police used the license plate of the Honda to determine the owner and identified the suspect as Lapinski, who also had outstanding arrest warrants from two local jurisdictions in Connecticut, police said.
Around 9:15 a.m. on April 25, troopers found Lapinski walking in downtown Hartford, officials said. Law enforcement identified themselves, which is when the suspect allegedly pulled out a knife and used even more obscenities.
Officers told Lapinski to drop the knife and he complied when officers drew their guns. However, he remained “combative” when he was finally arrested, police said.
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At that time, Lapinski was charged with assault on a public safety officer, criminal attempt to commit assault in the first degree, interfering with an officer and carrying a dangerous weapon, according to authorities.
On April 26, Lapinski was also charged with second-degree threatening, first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving and disobeying the signal of an officer/attempting to elude or escape an officer over the incident that took place on April 24.
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According to The Middletown Press, local warrants were filed against Lapinski in Hartford, West Hartford and Canton. Each warrant accuses him of engaging police in pursuit. Police in Hartford also alleged separate incidents in which he drove recklessly, tried to interfere with officers, made threats and breached the peace.
He is facing similar charges in West Hartford. In Canton, he faces an unregistered vehicle charge in addition to the pursuit charge, court records state.
Lapinski was booked into the Hartford Correctional Center on a $560,000 bond. His next court date is set for May 10, officials said.
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