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Westport Man Arrested for Facebook Threat Against Officer

A Westport man who used a library computer on which he posted threats to bury alive a Westport Police officer—only to forget to log out—was arrested for threatening, police said today. Image
Lawrence Kozar: third arrest this year. Westport Police photo

It was the third arrrest in three months for Lawrence Kozar, 58, whose last known address was the homeless shelter at 45 Jesup Road.

He was arrested Saturday and charged with second degree threatening, police said. Held in lieu of a $5,000 bond, he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, Oct. 6.

According to Lt. David Farrell, officers were dispatched to the Westport Library on Sept. 10 on a report that a threatening message was found on a computer screen. 

A patron said he attempted to log onto Facebook and saw that Kozar had not loged out of his account. He also noticed a threatening post on Kozar’s main page directed towards a Westport police officer, Farrell said.

“The threat indicated that a Westport officer would be buried alive by Kozar,” Farrell said, adding that Kozar’s Facebook account is not private and his posts can be viewed by anyone who has Facebook.

“Through the investigation, Kozar was positively identified as the individual using that specific computer at that time,” Farrell said.

He added that Kozar had been previously arrested for threatening the same officer in the lobby of police headquarters in August.

In June, he was arrested on trespassing charges after he would not leave a doctor’s office in town.

Kozar said in Facebook posts that he had gone to the doctor’s office seeking oxycodone to relieve pain from herniated discs.

He described himself as a military veteran who served as a medic in the Persian Gulf War and grew up in the Saugatuck area.

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