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New Jersey hospital marketing manager arrested after 39 guns, ammo found in unlocked office closet

New Jersey hospital worker arrested after weapons cache discovered


New Jersey hospital worker arrested after weapons cache discovered

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The marketing manager of a New Jersey hospital was arrested Sunday after authorities found a large cache of firearms and ammunition in a closet in the medical facility’s office, police said. Reuven Alonalayoff, 46, has been charged for his alleged connection to the Hudson Regional Hospital weapons stockpile, the Secaucus Police Department said in a news release Monday.

Alonalayoff, of Elmwood Park, faces multiple counts including unlawful possession of an assault firearm and two counts of possession of a high capacity magazine. In New Jersey, these charges carry potential maximum sentences of about five to 10 years in state prison when taken together, as well as additional fines.

Secaucus officers arrested Alonalayoff at Newark Liberty International Airport over the weekend, with assistance from the US Department of Homeland Security Investigations, police say. His arrest came several weeks after local Secaucus law enforcement initially discovered the weapons at Hudson Regional Hospital.

Reuven Alonalayoff, marketing director for Hudson Regional Hospital, was arrested after authorities found a cache of firearms and ammunition in an office closet at the New Jersey medical facility.

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Police were dispatched to the medical center on the afternoon of July 18 in response to a reported bomb threat, the department said. Officers searched the hospital using trained explosive dogs from the nearby Bayonne Police Department and the Hudson County Sheriff, eventually discovering the cache of weapons inside “an unlocked closet. in an office” while doing their sweeping.

Although Secaucus police said the initial call turned out to be “a hoax”, the cache of rifles, shotguns, handguns and ammunition was seen as a clear safety hazard public.

“The unsecured storage of a large cache of weapons, particularly in this location, certainly creates a risk to public safety,” Secaucus Police Chief Dennis 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.”

Police said they recovered 11 handguns, 27 rifles or shotguns and a .45 caliber semi-automatic rifle with a high-capacity magazine, which is an assault rifle, inside the closet of the ‘hospital. Officers also found another high capacity handgun magazine with 14 rounds.

A 2019 law changed the number of bullets a high-capacity magazine can legally hold in New Jersey from 15 to 10 rounds.