Police: After wife's arrest, Plainfield man 'stormed' police station

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Thomas LaPrade, 53, was charged with disorderly conduct, interfering with an officer, three counts of assault on an officer, second-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace and second-degree criminal mischief.

Thomas LaPrade, 53, was charged with disorderly conduct, interfering with an officer, three counts of assault on an officer, second-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace and second-degree criminal mischief.

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PLAINFIELD — Police say a man “stormed” their department’s lobby Tuesday afternoon after learning his wife was arrested for an incident at a local school.

Thomas LaPrade, 53, was charged with disorderly conduct, interfering with an officer, three counts of assault on an officer, second-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace and second-degree criminal mischief.

His wife, Sandra LaPrade, 54, was charged with second-degree breach of peace and interfering with an officer after being taken into custody at Plainfield Central School around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said officers were called to the school after LaPrade was outside the building “yelling loudly using obscenities,” demanding she remove her child from the school. She allegedly tried to pull away from the officers while being arrested, police said.

Once she was at the police station, Thomas LaPrade “stormed” into the lobby, banged on the dispatcher’s window and yelled for an officer to meet him outside, police said.

Police said Thomas LaPrade eventually went back to his car and started to rev his engine and then pulled forward toward the station.

When officers approached Thomas LaPrade, he was “yelling and being extremely uncooperative,” police said. A female passenger in the vehicle appeared to try to hold him back, police said, adding that he was trying to “aggressively move toward officers.”

To try to stop him from getting out of the vehicle, an officer started to push on the vehicle’s door.

“During Thomas’ belligerency, he began yelling toward the female passenger in the vehicle. Thomas aggressively turned toward the female passenger and shoved her across the front passenger compartment of the vehicle,” police said.

After that move, officers told Thomas LaPrade he was under arrest and to get out of the vehicle. Police said he started to resist arrest. During a struggle, he allegedly said he was going to “cause bodily harm to members of the Plainfield Police Department,” police said.

Thomas LaPrade suffered apparent minor injuries, police said, and was taken to the hospital to be treated. While being treated, police said Thomas LaPrade yelled obscenities at medical staff and damaged a computer monitor.

Three officers were injured during the struggle to arrest him, police said. Their injuries did not require medical attention.

Once discharged from the hospital, Thomas LaPrade was taken back to police headquarters and processed on his charges.