crime and punishment

Tolland, Connecticut’s Samuel Dolcelli accused of threatening to kill woman

Samuel M. Dolcelli (©Connecticut State Police)

Samuel M. Dolcelli, 19, of Tolland, Connecticut, United States has been arrested. He was charged with second-degree threatening.

Dolcelli previously lived in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, USA. His mother Laura Bethany Dolcelli, 47, is originally from Ellington, Connecticut.

Samuel was accused of threatening to kill a white woman, 47, who has lived in Tolland since 2003. The name of the woman was not released.

On May 1, 2021, the woman went to the Connecticut State Police Troop C Lobby in Tolland to report concerns about Samuel. In a signed written statement, she wrote, “Sam suffers from mental health issues, some of which are undiagnosed, I believe.”

“Sam is diagnosed with anxiety, depression and ADHD,” the woman continued. “I believe that Sam may be Bipolar or have some sort of anger or delusional thinking. Sam does not take any medications.”

“He did take an anti-anxiety medication back in middle school,” the woman said of Samuel. “Sam has had a lot of therapy and counselling in the past, but nothing recently since Covid. I am not aware of any substance abuse.”

According to the woman, she was at home in Tolland on April 24, 2021 when Samuel was set off because she told him to think about saving his money. He allegedly told her, “I’m going to f—–g kill you.”

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The woman also claimed that a white man, 68, told her that Samuel made a statement about shooting up a preschool. When Connecticut State Police first class trooper Justin Preuss contacted the man by telephone, the man said Samuel has anger issues but he does not remember Samuel saying anything about shooting up a school and it would have been a joke if he did say it.

Authorities found no weapons registered to Samuel or to any of his immediate family members. When Samuel he was arrested at a residence on Crystal Lake Road in Tolland, he admitted to making threats of harm to the woman and himself but he denied making any threats to any school.

One hatchet and around 20 straight bladed hunting style knives were found in a reusable shopping bag in Samuel’s car. He voluntarily turned them over to Preuss.

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In 2019, Samuel graduated from Tolland High School. He previously worked at a Food City store.

In September 2020, Samuel started working as a substitute teacher at Birch Grove Primary School in Tolland. After his recent arrest, he was removed from Tolland Public Schools‘ substitute list.

“To our knowledge none of our students or staff members were implicated in the off-campus matter,” Tolland Public Schools superintendent Walter Willett said in a letter sent to parents, which was obtained by WFSB. “Our utmost priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff and we have many protocols in place to assure their well-being.”

Samuel’s bail was set at $100,000. He has been released from custody and is expected to appear in Rockville Superior Court in Vernon, Tolland County, Connecticut on May 18, 2021.

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