A Hudson Regional Hospital employee in Secaucus, New Jersey, was arrested on Sunday after a huge stockpile of firearms and ammunition was discovered inside an unlocked closet.
Reuven Alonalayoff, 46, of Elmwood Park, was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport on weapons charges, including possession of an assault firearm and two counts of possession of a high-capacity magazine, according to WABC.
On July 18, three weeks ago, officers responded to a bomb threat at the hospital and managed to make a startling discovery during a security sweep.
While trained dogs were on the scene, officials say they focused on the marketing director’s closet. According to Eyewitness News, his office door was locked, but his closet was unlocked, and when authorities opened it, they discovered an unnerving stockpile of weapons.
According to investigators, they discovered an assault rifle, 11 handguns, and 27 rifles/shotguns. A 14-round high-capacity handgun magazine was also discovered.
The bomb threat turned out to be a hoax.
“The unsecured storage of a large cache of weaponry, especially in this location, certainly creates a risk to public safety,” said Chief Dennis Miller of the Secaucus Police Department. “I commend the efforts and professionalism of all the police personnel involved in this investigation and am thankful this situation was resolved without anyone being harmed.”
According to Lucy Yang of Eyewitness News, Alonalayoff was arrested at Newark Airport after returning from an extended medical trip in Israel.