Man with extensive criminal history in New York and MA arrested for suspicious activity outside Southington school

SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) – A man with what was described as an extensive criminal history in two states was caught scanning vehicles at a Southington elementary school.

Fernando Cutanda, 43, was charged with attempted felony sixth-degree robbery, criminal impersonation, vagrancy on school property, breach of the peace and second-degree failure to appear.

Police said they were called to South End Elementary School on Maxwell Noble Drive in the Plantsville neighborhood around 2 p.m. Wednesday. They received a report from a suspicious man on the property. The suspect was seen searching vehicles in the school parking lot.

Before officers arrived, it was reported that the suspect had an argument when confronted by a member of staff. Officers said they were able to locate the suspect, later identified as Cutanda, walking through the area along South End Road.

According to witnesses, Cutanda was observed by school employees near the passenger side of a school employee’s vehicle, pulling the passenger side door handle and suspected of trying to enter the vehicle.

After not being able to access the vehicle, Cutanda was spotted walking around the back of the school, where he was approached by school employees, who saw him near a bike rack pulling on a bike and trying to free it from the rack. When confronted, he reportedly became argumentative again. He eventually left the property on foot.

When approached by officers, police said Cutanda continued to be uncooperative, argumentative and said he was a “cop in New York”. He refused to provide identification and gave an officer a false name and date of birth.

Police arrested him and found a carpenter’s hammer hidden in his pants, along with a broken glass bottle neck and a broken steak knife blade on him.

They said they identified him as Cutanda from his fingerprints.

That’s when they discovered his criminal history in New York and Massachusetts. He also had a warrant from New London for failing to appear in court.

Cutanda was given a cash bond of $25,000.

He was also processed and held for his New London term, on $3,000 bail.

Cutanda was given a court date on Thursday in New Britain.

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