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UPDATE: Scott de Kuyper faces NYC gun charges

Arrested for bringing handgun to court
By Melissa Steele | Feb 23, 2012
Source: File photo Scott de Kuyper

A Lewes man faces charges after he brought a gun Feb. 22 to a New York City courthouse.

John Scott de Kuyper, 53, faces second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and is out on $300,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled Feb. 27.

De Kuyper showed up to a Manhattan courthouse carrying a .45-caliber handgun and five rounds of ammunition in his backpack, according to court documents.

De Kuyper, who told police he was licensed to carry the weapon in another state, was expected in court to answer charges of trying to yank a badge off the shirt of a NYPD officer during a Times Square rally. He was charged with fourth-degree attempted grand larceny, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

"Defendant attempted to push through a police barricade at the above location, informant warned defendant to stop or else he would be placed under arrest, and defendant disregarded informant's warning and went through said barricade, thereby preventing officers from keeping the streets clear," court records state.

New York newspapers report the officer involved in the case was Chief of Department Joseph Esposito, the highest-ranking uniformed member of the NYPD.

De Kuyper is the co-owner of Hotel Blue in Lewes with his wife Donna.

Donna de Kuyper said her husband has returned home. She said he has a gun permit, but absent-mindedly forgot to leave the gun in the car glove box.

Donna said her husband left home at midnight to drive to New York City where he was going to receive a couple of days of community service for his Occupy Wall Street arrest on Oct. 15.

"That would have just gone away had he not done this silly thing," she said. "He's a great guy and did a really stupid thing being tired from a long drive to New York at night. I've known him his whole life, and that's something Scott would do."

The de Kuypers have lived in Lewes for 20 years. Donna said they attended a couple of Occupy Wall Street events before de Kuyper's first arrest.

Her account of the Occupy Wall Street event is different from the court documents.

"They arrested anyone who looked threatening," she said. "Scott's a big guy. I was standing right next to him, but I'm small."

This week's, the story has made national news with the New York Post and New York Daily Times posting stories on de Kuyper's arrest for bringing a gun to court.

Despite the national attention, Donna stands by her husband.

"He's a great guy, always been involved in the community, goes on mission trips with his church and completely forgot he had his gun in his backpack," she said. "It's consistent with who he is."

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