The New Britain police chief has asked the family of the former CCSU student whose Halloween costume sparked a campus-wide emergency and lockdown to foot the $13,000 bill for the department's emergency response.
New Britain Police Chief Jim Wardwell said he has contacted the state’s attorney to ask the family of David Kyem, who was a senior at the school, to help reimburse the department.
Sixty-two New Britain police officers were dispatched to CCSU earlier this month when Kyem's costume alarmed other students on campus. The costume included camouflage pants, knee pads, a dark hood pulled over his head, goggles and a face mask, a ballistic vest, plastic samurai sword and a BB gun.
Expenses for overtime, comp time, straight time and criminal investigation amounted to a total of $13,062.35, Wardwell said.
Wardwell said he is asking for a $13,000 reimbursement from Kyem and his family.
He's charged with breach of peace and criminal trespassing and is due in court on Dec. 11.