On Friday, March 9, 2018, as reporter earlier on MercerMe, at approximately 2:45pm, the Hopewell Township Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from a staff member at the Hopewell Valley Central High School.
The employee reported that a man was confronted by another staff member who did not recognize the man as a student. The man gave the staff member his name, Foster Krupa, and stated that he lived in Lawrence Township. At this point, the man ran out of the school. School personnel pursued the man on foot while the High School and Timberlane Middle School were dismissing for the day.
Hopewell Township Police personnel responded to the area in search of the man.
Toll Gate Elementary School, Timberlane Middle School, Hopewell Valley Central High School, the Pennington School and the Pennington Montessori School were placed on lockdown as a precaution. School District officials sent out messages to parents notifying them of the lockdowns. Police personnel were stationed at the schools during the lockdowns to provide added security.
With the information provided by school personnel, Hopewell Township Police Communication officers were able to locate the man’s address in Lawrence Township. Lawrence Township Police officers were dispatched to the man’s residence along with Lawrence Township Police Detective Dave Burns, who is familiar with Mr. Krupa, since it was believed that the man fled the area in a car. Mr. Krupa was found to be at his home at approximately 3:15pm and was escorted to the Hopewell Township Police Department by Detective Burns.
Lockdowns were lifted at all schools by approximately 3:25pm.
School security cameras show that a student opened the door to allow the man in the building. It is believed that the student did not know the man but was trying to be polite. It is also believed that Mr. Krupa entered the school in an effort to visit a friend.
Mr. Krupa (19 years of age, Lawrence Road Lawrenceville, NJ) is being charged with criminal trespassing and causing or risking widespread injury or damage. Mr. Krupa will be released and his case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
Detective Joseph Maccaquano continues to investigate this incident.