RIDGEFIELD -- Police from four towns rushed here Monday morning to help local police deal with a report of a man carrying a rifle near a school.
Hours later they found the man -- who was carrying an umbrella that looked like a Samurai sword.
Police charged Wilfredo M. Seda, 22, with breach of peace.
He was "wearing all black clothing, a watch cap with a face mask looking like a beard," Capt. Thomas Comstock said. "Across his back was an umbrella but it had the outward appearance of a Samuri sword."
After the 8 a.m. call that a man was carrying what appeared to be a rifle near Portland Avenue and Ethan Allen Highway, schools went on lock down and a school bus was diverted.
In an 11:15 a.m. email to parents, Superintendent Deborah Low said: "The police have given the all clear. After an extensive police search, no dangerous activity was discovered."
The man was reportedly seen with a rifle near the Branchville train station; Branchville Elementary School is near the station, but students were not yet inside the school when the report came in.
Low said Branchville Elementary school buses were diverted to East Ridge Middle School and the students were put in the auditorium.
First Selectman Rudy Marconi said a motorist traveling on Route 7 told police he saw a man with a rifle.
Police from Westport, Norwalk, Danbury, Bethel assisted state and Ridgefield police.