Suspect's Friend Feared for Water Supply

There are concerns in Colchester over the safety of the town's water supply after a man with a history of mental illness was accused last month of tampering with town fire hydrants and illegal bomb-making.

A friend of Kevin Walker, 21, called police last month, concerned Walker might try to put a chemical to the water supply.  The same day, Colchester's water department discovered that somebody had breached a fire hydrant on Lebanon Avenue, The Day of New London reports.

”It is clear to me that Kevin intends to cause damage and is actively planning,” Harris told The Day. “I feel that Kevin is dangerous to others and will hurt someone if something is not done.”

The state police bomb squad executed a search warrant on July 30 at Walker's parents' home on Elm Street and seized a form of homemade napalm and bomb-making materials and arrested Walker. 

He was arraigned this past Friday. During his court appearance, Walker admitted to using a pipe wrench to open fire hydrants in the area, The Day reports. He also admitted to buying materials to make pipe bombs and other types of explosive devices.

Walker's parents told investigators their son has Asperger's Syndrome and has been in and out of state facilities since he was 7 years old, the Day reports. 

The town estimated damage done to the town's water supply at $2,740. Walker is being held at the Corrigan Correctional Institution and is scheduled to be in a New London court on Aug. 31.

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