The marketing director of a New Jersey hospital had stored an assault rifle with a large magazine along with dozens of other weapons and ammunition in a private closet at his workplace, police said Tuesday.
The weapons cache was found after Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus, NJ, received a call last month warning of a bomb there, police said. The threat turned out to be a hoax, but a police dog involved in a hospital security investigation led officers to the weapons, officials said.
The recovered weapons included 11 handguns of various calibers and 27 rifles and shotguns, including a Kriss Vector .45 caliber semi-automatic rifle with a high-capacity magazine, which police determined to be an assault rifle. A 14-round high-capacity pistol magazine was also recovered, police said.
On Sunday, the Secaucus Police Department arrested the director of marketing, 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 high-capacity magazine, the city’s police chief Dennis Miller. said in a press release.
“The unsecured storage of a large stockpile of weapons, especially at this location, certainly poses a risk to public safety,” Chief Miller said in a statement. In a subsequent interview, the chief said that Mr Alonalayoff was not trying to flee from authorities when he was arrested at the airport.
The chief declined to provide further details about the arrest, including how, when and why Mr. Alonalayoff had taken the weapons to the hospital or what his plans were with them. Federal Department of Homeland Security agents 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 expected to appear in Hudson County Superior Court on Aug. 22, officials said. It was not clear whether he had hired a lawyer.
Chief Miller said the other weapons in the arsenal found at the hospital were legal in New Jersey, but it was not clear whether Mr. Alonalayoff legally possessed them. The investigation continued, he said.
“There is no threat to the public at this time,” the chief added.
A call for comment from the hospital, a private 204-bed facility on the Hackensack River about seven miles from Midtown Manhattan, went unanswered.
Court records show that Mr. Alonalayoff, who is also known as Reuven Alon and Rob Alon, was one of dozens of people and companies named by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company last year in a lawsuit that accused the defendants of filing fraudulent claims for medical services related to car accidents.
A lawyer representing him in the case did not respond to a request for comment.
Kirsten Noyes contributed to research.