Employee kept Arsenal, including assault rifle, in hospital, police say

A New Jersey hospital marketing manager stored an assault rifle with a high-capacity magazine along with dozens of other firearms and ammunition in an unlocked closet at his workplace, it has been reported. Tuesday the police.

The weapons cache was found after Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey, received a call last month warning it of a bomb, police said. The threat turned out to be a hoax, but a police dog involved in a hospital security sweep led officers to the guns, officials said.

Weapons recovered included 11 handguns of various calibers and 27 rifles and shotguns, including a .45 caliber Kriss Vector semi-automatic rifle with a high-capacity magazine, which police determined was an assault rifle. . A 14-round high-capacity handgun magazine was also recovered, police said.

On Sunday, Secaucus police arrested chief marketing officer Reuven Alonalayoff at Newark Liberty International Airport and charged him with one count of possession of an assault weapon and two counts of possession of a a high-capacity magazine, City Police Chief Dennis Miller said in a news release.

“The unsecured storage of a large cache of weapons, especially in this location, certainly creates a risk to public safety,” Chief Miller said in a statement. In a later interview, the chief said Mr Alonalayoff was not trying to flee from authorities when he was arrested at the airport.

The chief declined to provide further details of the arrest, including how, when and why Mr Alonalayoff brought the weapons to the hospital or what his plans were for them. Agents from the Federal Department of Homeland Security assisted in the arrest, the chief said.

Mr. Alonalayoff, 46, of Elmwood Park, NJ, could not be reached for comment. He was released and is scheduled to appear in Hudson County Superior Court on August 22, officials said. It was unclear if he had hired a lawyer.

Chief Miller said the other arsenal firearms found at the hospital were legal in New Jersey, but it was unclear whether Mr. Alonalayoff possessed them legally. The investigation is continuing, he said.

“There is no threat to the public at this time,” the chef added.

A call seeking comment to the hospital, a 204-bed private facility on the Hackensack River about seven miles from Midtown Manhattan, was not returned.

Court records show Mr. Alonalayoff, also known as Reuven Alon and Rob Alon, was among dozens of people and companies named by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company last year in a federal lawsuit that charged the defendants of submitting fraudulent claims for medical care. traffic accident services.

An attorney representing him in the lawsuit, in the Eastern District of New York, did not respond to a request for comment.

Kirsten Noyes contributed research.

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