Charges dropped against former Plainville High School student accused of damaging school building

Published on Tuesday, 11 May 2021 13:13
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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PLAINVILLE - A former student of the local high school who had been charged with causing thousands of dollars worth of damage in the school building will not be prosecuted.

Krystyle Chandler, 22, formerly of Plainville, received a nolle following a scheduled court appearance Monday in New Britain Superior Court.

His attorney, Paul Melocowsky, confirmed on Tuesday that prosecutors agreed to the nolle, though he did not wish to comment further on the disposition. A nolle means the case is dropped and, after 13 months, dismissed as if it had never happened. Prosecutors in that timeframe can reopen the matter if further issues arise.

Chandler was arrested in July 2019 on charges of first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal trespassing and loitering at a school.

According to police, he allegedly caused nearly $9,000 in damages to the local high school building when he and another individual rode scooters through the hallways, scuffing up the floors.

Chandler and another former student allegedly went to the high school on May 20, 2019, after classes had been dismissed for the day. The two allegedly used small “razor type push scooters” to ride around the hallways for nearly 20 minutes, according to the arrest warrant.

School officials found numerous marks and scuffs left from the scooters. Police said the scooters were ridden in a way to intentionally leave marks with the back tire. School officials told police it would cost about $8,700 to have the floors refinished.

Police used surveillance footage to identify the suspects. According to the warrant, Chandler and the other suspect are both former students.

At the time of Chandler’s arrest, the other suspect had not been charged. It is unclear if charges were ultimately pursued against the second suspect.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Tuesday, 11 May 2021 13:13. Updated: Tuesday, 11 May 2021 13:16.