SECAUCUS, NJ – A hospital director who called in a bomb scare was captured at Newark International Airport this weekend and police found a large cache of unsecured weapons at his Secaucus home.
According to police, on Sunday, detectives arrested the Marketing Director of Hudson Regional Hospital following an investigation that led to the seizure of multiple firearms and ammunition.
“Reuven Alonalayoff, 46, of Elmwood Park, is charged with Possession of an Assault Firearm [2C:39-5f], and two counts of Possession of a High Capacity Magazine [2C:39-3j]. He was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport with assistance from the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations,” the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office reported.
Police said that on July 18th, at 3:10 P.M., Hudson Regional Hospital, located at 55 Meadowlands Parkway, received a phone call that a bomb was in the hospital. Secaucus Police responded to the hospital along with bomb detection canines from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and Bayonne Police Department.
“During a safety sweep of the hospital, the bomb detection canine gave a positive indication on an unlocked closet within an office. Upon entering the closet, police discovered a large cache of rifles, shotguns and handguns, along with assorted ammunition for the firearms,” the Secaucus Police Department reported. “A total of eleven handguns of various calibers, and twenty-seven rifles/shotguns were discovered. A Kriss Vector .45 caliber semi-automatic rifle with a high-capacity magazine was also recovered and determined to be an assault rifle. Additionally, a fourteen round high-capacity handgun magazine was also seized.”
Authorities did not say why Alonaylayoff was at the airport or whether or not he was armed while at the airport. The bomb threat was later determined to be a hoax.
“The unsecured storage of a large cache of weaponry, especially in this location, certainly creates a risk to public safety,” said Chief Dennis Miller. “I commend the efforts and professionalism of all the police personnel involved in this investigation and am thankful this situation was resolved without anyone being harmed.”