A marketing manager at a New Jersey hospital was arrested this week after a bomb threat at the facility led police to discover a cache of weapons and ammunition hidden in an unlocked office cupboard.
Reuven Alonalayoff, who worked at Hudson Regional Hospital, was taken into custody Sunday at Newark Liberty International Airport with the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.
Alonalayoff, 46, of Elmwood Park, was charged with possession of an assault firearm and two counts of possession of a high capacity magazine.
Information about his lawyer was not immediately available.
The hospital received a phone call on July 18 indicating that a bomb was in the facility, Secaucus police said in a news release.
Officers, accompanied by bomb detection dogs, swept through the hospital. A dog reported the unlocked closet, officials said.
“Upon entering the closet, police discovered a large cache of rifles, shotguns and handguns, along with assorted ammunition for the firearms,” police said.
In total, authorities found 11 handguns of various calibers, 27 rifles or shotguns and a high-capacity magazine with 14 rounds, authorities said. They also found a .45-caliber Kriss Vector semi-automatic rifle with a high-capacity magazine and determined it was an assault rifle, police said.
Authorities learned the bomb threat was a hoax and investigated the arsenal of weapons.
It’s unclear how the weapons got to the hospital, how long they were stored there, or why they were in the office closet. NBC News asked officials to comment on those details, as well as Alonalayoff’s status with the hospital.
“The unsecured storage of a large cache of weapons, especially in this location, certainly creates a risk to public safety,” 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.”