Detectives from the Secaucus Police Department have arrested the marketing manager of Hudson Regional Hospital. His arrest on Aug. 7 follows an investigation that led to the seizure of multiple firearms and ammunition, according to Police Chief Dennis Miller.
Reuven Alonalayoff, a 46-year-old man from Elmwood Park, is charged with possession of an assault firearm and two counts of possession of a high capacity magazine. Miller said he was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport with the help of the US Department of Homeland Security Investigations.
Investigation opened after bomb threat
At 3:10 p.m. July 18, the Hudson Regional Hospital, located at 55 Meadowlands Parkway, received a phone call indicating that a bomb was in the hospital. According to Miller, Secaucus police responded to the hospital with bomb detection dogs from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and the Bayonne Police Department.
During a hospital security sweep, the bomb detection dog gave a positive indication of an unlocked cupboard in an office, Miller said. Upon entering the closet, police discovered a large cache of rifles, shotguns, and handguns, along with assorted ammunition for the firearms.
A total of 11 handguns of various calibers and 27 rifles and shotguns were discovered. A .45 caliber Kriss Vector semi-automatic rifle with a high capacity magazine was also recovered and determined to be an assault rifle.
In addition, a large capacity 14-round handgun magazine was also seized. The bomb threat was later determined to be a hoax.
“The unsecured storage of a large weapons cache, especially in this location, certainly creates a public safety risk,” Miller said. “I commend the efforts and professionalism of all police personnel involved in this investigation and I am grateful that this situation has been resolved without anyone being injured.”
These charges are just charges and the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Hudson Regional Hospital addresses the situation
On August 9, Hudson Regional Hospital released a statement explaining the incident.
“During a search of the Hudson Regional Hospital linked to a bomb threat hoax, firearms were found in a locked office on an administrative floor of the hospital that was occupied by an unnamed consultant. employee,” a Hudson Regional Hospital spokesperson said. “The objects were immediately removed from the site and seized by Secaucus police, who found no other presence of firearms in the building. Law enforcement did not subsequently approach the hospital Hudson Regional at any level regarding legal issues related to seized items. Upon request, we will provide further support to law enforcement regarding the further investigation of this matter.
The hospital is currently reviewing safety measures to avoid such problems in the future.
“The presence of weapons in a hospital is inexcusable beyond comprehension and contradicts our mission of care and our commitment to the safety of our community of staff, patients and the wider community,” the door-keeper added. speech. “While regrettable, this incident has given us the opportunity to review safety protocols and we have taken steps to ensure this never happens again.”
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