The Tuckahoe Police Department today announced the arrest of a 47-year-old male from Mount Pleasant and Great Neck on charges of criminal possession of a large cache of weapons including assault rifles and ammunition.
The arrest resulted from an investigation into a report that the defendant, Matthew J. Bonanno, had made threats against his estranged wife, a Tuckahoe resident, and her family. The police were contacted by someone who heard the threats and believed the defendant to be armed. Tuckahoe Police responded to the defendant’s location, Growler’s Beer Bistro, 25 Main Street, Tuckahoe, on Tuesday, August 13 where he was found to be illegally in possession of a loaded Glock semi-automatic handgun. He was taken in custody without incident.
A subsequent search of his vehicle led to the recovery of the following:
· 5 - assault rifles, fully loaded with high capacity magazines
· 3 - handguns
· 29- high capacity loaded magazines
· Over 1600 rounds of ammunition
· stun gun
· heavy ballistic body armor
· ballistic helmet
· full head cover face masks
· multiple military style knives
· 4- brass knuckles
· pepper spray fogger
· scopes, binoculars and other paraphernali
The Tuckahoe Police Department, working closely with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, obtained search warrants for the defendant’s known residences, one in the Town of Mount Pleasant and one in Great Neck, N.Y. Three (3) additional unlicensed handguns were recovered in Mount Pleasant. The residence in Long Island yielded another large cache of assault rifles, shotgun, handguns, high capacity magazines, body armor, hundreds of rounds ammunition, smoke grenades and other weapons. Those weapons were turned over to the Nassau County Police Department.
The Defendant was arraigned by Village Justice David O. Fuller on August 13, 2019. The defendant was remanded without bail to the Westchester County Jail to await his next court appearance Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Tuckahoe Village Court.
The investigation is ongoing.