No bond increase for New Canaan man charged in standoff, threatening e-mails
NORWALK -- The bond for a New Canaan man allegedly involved in a near 12-hour standoff with police Friday was not increased Thursday at his arraignment at state Superior Court in Norwalk on 39 new misdemeanor charges of harassment, threatening, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.
The charges stem from alarming and threatening e-mails DeiCas allegedly sent to 35 municipal employees, including First Selectman Jeb Walker, the town's housing authority, police commissioners, and others.
During his standoff with police Friday night and Saturday morning, DeiCas refused to leave his home for Weston police, who held an arrest warrant for the former Weston schools bus driver, charging him with sending an alarming message to a Weston schools website.
Police believed DeiCas was in possession of a few guns, but a search of the home did not turn up any weapons.
At his Monday arraignment, which included occasional outbursts from DeiCas, Judge Bruce Hudock ordered him held in lieu of $250,000 bond.
On YouTube, DeiCas maintained a profile in which he posted several video blogs discussing his political views and his use of the hallucinogenic drug LSD.
He also describes himself as the leader of an LSD revolution to take over the U.S. government.
On Thursday, after being arraigned on 30 counts of second-degree harassment, five counts of second-degree threatening, one count of resisting arrest and three other drug charges involving marijuana pipes and less than a half-ounce of marijuana, Hudock said that he would not increase the bond because he thought it would be enough to protect the community and insure that DeiCas return to court. Assistant State's Attorney Aaron Leonard had asked Hudock to increase the bond by $500,000.
DeiCas has not yet entered a plea to any charges.
According to his arrest warrant affidavit, DeiCas sent e-mails that said, "Get ready scum... Prepare for what LSD has planned for you now pig..."
Four other e-mails resulting in second-degree threatening charges also included the phrase, "How is condoning unconstitutional behavior working out for you. Now I will destroy you weak mentally scum pigs for what you have done to me and David Caulfield," It was not clear who the Caulfield is that DeiCas was referring.
All e-mails included a 5-minute video clip showing a Granby, Colo., man's June 2004 rampage with an armor-plated bulldozer as he destroyed more than a dozen buildings, including city hall, a concrete plant and a newspaper office.
While DeiCas made a brief visit in the courtroom, his public defender, Matthew Popilowski, waived DeiCas' appearance before Hudock.
DeiCas is to return to court Aug. 16.
Staff Writer John Nickerson can be reached at 203-964-2320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.