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Police: Man Arrested Following Trespass Incident at Tremont Elementary

Edward Weiss, 51, is charged with criminal trespass, police say.

A North Patchogue man has been arrested in connection with an incident Thursday evening in which a man was spotted on the roof of Tremont Elementary School, police said. 

Edward Weiss, 51, was arrested Friday after a school security guard saw Weiss and notified police. Weiss was not on school grounds at the time and police did not say which school the security guard was from. 

Newsday reported Friday night that Weiss was spotted by the security guard across the street from Canaan Elementary School wearing the same clothes he wore the day before.

On Thursday around 5:30 p.m., police received a 911 call reporting a "suspicious male" on the roof at Tremont. A security guard at the Medford school attempted to speak with the man, but the man fled the scene. 

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Approximately 30 children in an after-school program at Tremont at the time were locked down in a secure area of the school while police searched for the man. 

Weiss is currently charged with third degree criminal trespass. The investigation is ongoing, however, and more charges are possible, a police spokeswoman said. 

Fifth Precinct Sgt. William Doherty told Newsday that in surveillance footage Weiss appeared to be looking for food outside the Tremont building in metal bins used to deliver milk and bread.

"He was having domestic problems and he was looking to stay warm," Doherty told Newsday, relating what Weiss told police after his arrest.

Superintendent Michael Locantore, in a recorded call to Pat-Med parents set to go out Friday evening, will say that a "suspect has been apprehended for questioning in connection with trespassing at the Oregon and Tremont schools." 

Police have said the current trespass charge Weiss is facing is for being on the Tremont property. 

Locantore said he would keep parents looped in on any new developments. 

"I am in constant communication with the Suffolk County Police Department as the investigation unfolds," he said. "I will keep the community apprised of any additional information that I receive."

Following the Newtown shooting, the Patchogue-Medford Board of Education approved a measure to place security guards in all of the district's elementary schools. Locantore would not say whether the security guards involved in tracking down Weiss were new hires related to the BOE's action. 

Weiss is being held overnight at the Fifth Precinct for arraignment Saturday. Police said additional patrols were deployed in the area following the Tremont incident.

Kathleen Rubinstein January 05, 2013 at 12:54 AM
What exactly is a "secure area" in the school?
IB January 05, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Is there a lot of food on the roof? The guy's story doesn't make sense as told here..
Life is Good January 07, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Most of the guys are retired police officers. Another good job by security.
Cheryl Deptola January 11, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Dear IB, Thank you...... hes my boyfriend----- we have plenty of food....hes getting out today !!!!! They have the wrong guy !!!!!!! Thanks again....

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