Police arrest man who made 'indirect threat' against Jonathan Law High School

The Milford Police Department arrested a Milford man yesterday for making a threat that referenced Jonathan Law High School. The resident, James Piccirillo, 48, of 65 Lansdale Avenue, had been held at a medical facility but was arrested Oct. 23 upon his release from the facility.

Piccirillo was charged with threatening, illegal possession of explosives and illegal possession of an assault weapon and was held in custody on $250,000 bond. He was transported to Milford Superior Court GA22 where he was arraigned, and he is currently incarcerated with the State of Connecticut Department of Corrections.

Sources said the threat was a verbal threat that Piccirillo made about two weeks ago when talking to another person. That person later decided he should share the matter with police. Police began investigating immediately.

Police said the threat was not directed at anyone specifically at the school, and that Piccirillo has no ties to the school except that he lives on the street where the high school is located.

Police searched Piccirillo's residence last Friday and seized firearms and commercial grade fireworks. As a precaution, the Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad responded to the residence and assisted with the investigation, police said.

In a letter to the Jonathan Law High School community, School Supt. Dr. Elizabeth Feser called the threat “an indirect threat.”

“Please know there is no threat at this time to Jonathan Law High School nor to our students and staff,” Dr. Feser's message said.