Man arrested for hiding on a porch at an exclusive school

SALISBURY — A man once convicted of kidnapping in Massachusetts has been arrested after police found him hiding on the porch of an administrative building at the exclusive Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.

The Hartford Courant reports police discovered Alexander Gimpelson, 59, on the porch Friday at about 1 a.m. He was charged with first-degree criminal degree trespassing, attempted burglary and disorderly conduct.

The school was not in session, although some students were on campus.

School security spotted Gimpelson on campus and told him to leave. Hours later they found his abandoned car and notified state police.

Police don’t believe Gimpelson gained access to school buildings. His most recent address was in Queens, New York. The paper said Gimpelson was previously convicted in Brookline, Massachusetts for assault and battery and kidnapping.

Correction: On Aug. 31 The Associated Press reported erroneously that police found Gimpelson hiding on the porch of a girl’s dormitory. The above story is the corrected version.