2 arrested at Penn Station in probe of threat to Jewish community
Two men with access to weapons were arrested at New York City's Penn Station early Saturday in an investigation into threats to the Jewish community
Two men with access to weapons were arrested at New York City's Penn Station early Saturday in connection with a probe of threats to the Jewish community, authorities said.
Searches of the suspects, their belongings, and a residence turned up a Glock semiautomatic handgun, a large hunting knife, and a swastika armband, two senior law enforcement sources said.
The suspects were named by the New York Police Department as Christopher Brown, 21, of Aquebogue, New York, booked on suspicion of making a terrorist threat, aggravated harassment, and criminal possession of a weapon; and Matthew Mahrer, 22, of the city's Upper West Side, booked on suspicion of criminal possession of a weapon.
It wasn't immediately clear if the suspects have retained legal counsel. The public defender's office for the area did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The senior law enforcement sources said Brown had the swastika armband on him when he was arrested at the train station.
The pair was arrested after MTA police, briefed by the multi-jurisdiction Joint Terrorism Task Force on the threats probe, spotted and detained the pair at Penn Station, MTA Police Chief John Mueller said in a statement.
"After stopping and positively identifying the persons of interest, the MTA PD officers conducted a search and recovered a large hunting knife," he said.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said in a statement that authorities first identified "a developing threat to the Jewish community" Friday.
The joint task force quickly moved to "gather information, identify those behind it, and operationally neutralize their ability to do harm," he said.