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Police: Man With Extensive Arrest Record Was Acting Suspicious Behind Southbury School

The following arrest information was supplied by the Southbury Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

David Hipler, 38, of Southbury, was charged with simple trespass on Jan. 9 at approximately 1:25 p.m.

According to police, an officer who was assigned to school security at Gainfield Elementary School observed a suspicious vehicle parked behind the school. The driver acted suspicious and did not appear to have business at the school. When the officer approached the vehicle, it suddenly exited the school.

The officer pursued the vehicle and it was stopped on East Hill Rd. When questioned Hipler told police that he had pulled into the parking lot to look for something inside his vehicle and confirmed that he had no official business at the school. Hipler has an extensive arrest record, according to police.

Hipler was issued an infraction for simple trespass with an answer date of Jan. 25.

Southbury Mom January 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Awesome job!! So grateful we have officers like this one posted at our schools in Region 15. Hope this doesn't end when things die down. These officers are helping both parents and students feel better about their safety at school.
L January 11, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Unfortunately, officers are no longer stationed at the schools in region 15. I have 4 children in schools in Southbury and it was a brief relief to know that there was a police presence. What now?
See the truth January 11, 2013 at 01:11 PM
What happens now is we need to propose and vote in an increase in the town budget to includenthensalary and benefits of additional police to fill these positions. This will be met with great resistance from the gun wielding Right. Never ending battle but it's the only way to secure police presence......money to pay them. Well worth it!
Mom of GES student January 11, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Last week I got an email after school hours that there was a "soft lockdown" at school earlier in the day, I think we should've been made aware of this when it happened and now someone is arrested at my daughter's school and I'm not notified. What would've happened if an officer wasn't there... Maybe nothing, but I'm so relieved that I'll never have to know.
John January 11, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Last I checked, the "gun weilding right" is the biggest supporter of security in schools (armed and qualified i.e. police officers). It is the left that wants to leave our kids unprotected and hope that no crazies show up.
See the truth January 11, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Yes, the Right wants guns everywhere but will surely vote down the needed tax increase. Can't have it both ways. As for the soft lock down, I do believe that we should be aware of what happened there.
Kevin DeLaney January 11, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Armed officers at our schools is a ridiculous concept. I am not minimizing the fact that this jerk should not have been at the school, however, it's not a reason to put more guns Southbury.
Todd Fox January 11, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Daniel DeBlasio: Could you please define what "acted suspicious" means? In other words, what was the driver doing that looked suspicious to the officer?
Crystal Wood January 11, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Ditto from another GES mom!
Mom January 11, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Just the fact that he stop at Gainfiled to "look for something in his vehicle" is suspicious enough.....What idiot would even attempt to stop at a school after what has happened?
Mom January 11, 2013 at 03:58 PM
and and google this winner.....He has a colorful record...
Webster January 11, 2013 at 03:58 PM
According to the Waterbury Republican, the driver (who is alleged to have been acting "suspicious") simply turned into the school parking lot because he was trying to locate something in his car. There was no indication what "acting suspicious" actually was. In addition, the paper stated that the "suspect" had an "extensive record", but yet doesn't mention what his record entails.There were no weapons or contraband on him or in the car. How many times has each of us stopped in a parking lot to look for something rather than drivingalong and trying to find it ? I realize the town is on high alert after Sandy Hook, but really ? The behavior of the police goes over the top resulting in issuing the driver a summons for trespass. Being diligent about safety is one thing...reducing Southbury to a police state where an individual cannot make a simple stop in parking lot to locate something in his car is entirely different. Guess there's not a lot of useful tasks/jobs for the police to do here in Southbury...
Mom January 11, 2013 at 04:05 PM
But why stop at a school?? That is just stupid.....There is so many places right around there.....and why leave when he saw the officier approaching??? Sorry, but I rather have someone error on the side of caution.... Google him.....He is not an angel......Bugulary, drugs.....and who knows what else...
Mom January 11, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Officer....Burgulary,,,,sorry...bad spelling errors...
Crystal Wood January 11, 2013 at 04:16 PM
You can even search for him here. I'd link the southbury patch article, but it isn't letting me add it to the comments. Lots of burgulary.
L January 11, 2013 at 04:46 PM
I am from the "gun-wielding right" you speak of and I would vote YES to officers at our schools. I would gladly pay an increase in taxes if it means that all four of my children will return home to me at the end of each school day!
SbyMom January 11, 2013 at 05:20 PM
As am I, and I would absolutley vote for a tax increase to have a policer officer at all the schools.
Crystal Wood January 11, 2013 at 05:25 PM
I would also vote in favor of a tax increase to have an armed police officer at every school in town. I also wish the town would consider background checks on regular visitors to the school. (Classroom helpers that help out on a regular basis for instance) Leaving a licence number at the front desk won't prevent anything.
Joanne Jorge January 11, 2013 at 05:41 PM
I second that tax increase.
Crystal Wood January 11, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Not true. I was at GES 2x this week and both times there was a uniformed officer outside and cruiser in the parking lot.
John January 11, 2013 at 06:07 PM
OK, lots of comments in support of putting a cop in the school and pay a little bit more tax for it. So can people stop labelling it as a "right/left" thing or mix it up with the "assault rifle/high capacity" debate? We can protect our kids AND have some reasonable laws on gun control.
Todd Fox January 11, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I'm in favor of a guard posted at our schools. The current school budget is over 60 million. Let's see if we can find the money within the existing budget.
Todd Fox January 11, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Thank you for saying that.
Laura Ahern January 11, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Anyone know if bullet proof glass for the all of our schools can be done?
Southbury Mom January 11, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Wow! How did this turn political? I am so grateful for the Sby Police Officers who go ever day and stand guard at the region 15 school door steps. I hope we can see the value in their service to continue to pay whatever it takes to protect our children. Let's for once stop arguing politics and stand together for good.
Todd Fox January 12, 2013 at 12:51 AM
A marked police car, with an officer present, is a valuable presence on school grounds, and a deterrent to crime, at least in my opinion. It doesn't seem, on the surface at least, that having an officer stationed at the schools on a rotating basis would create much additional expense. SInce it wouldn't be practical to expect an officer to remain focused on simply "watching" for a full day, perhaps scheduling a police car with officer, to be parked at the school in two hour shifts would work. The officers would be free to do routine paperwork at the same time.
Angelo January 12, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Great job SPD. With the budget surplus this we should be able to improve things in town especially our school's security.
Gary Diamond January 15, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Yes and I'm for taxing ammo made for that AR-15 weapon of mass destruction, to pay for it.
Gary Diamond January 15, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Sorry but the answer will be a political one, and some will not like it, but that AR-15 is whats called a man's toy, they even give out MAN'S CARD do you need 30 rounds to hunt with, and it can even hold up to 100 with a special drum, and leaves a exit hole the size of a large apple http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/19/gun-sales-bushmaster-newtown_n_2332394.html
Tim Annonymous February 19, 2013 at 03:09 PM
If it's the same person I think it was, I grew up with him in Bristol. He was a good kid. My mother really liked him and invited him over. (and my mother didn't let me play with most of the kids in the neighborhood) I hope his life didn't get too far off track because he was a good, cool kid.

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