Weapons cache found in NJ hospital marketing manager’s office

SECAUCUS — The marketing manager for Hudson Regional Hospital was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday after police dogs found weapons in an unlocked closet in his office.

Secaucus Police say K9s sniffed out the weapons in the office of Reuven Alonalayoff, 46, of Elmwood Park, during a July 18 hospital search following a bomb threat.

The threat turned out to be a hoax, but the weapons were real, police chief Dennis Miller said.

Police opened the unlocked cupboard and found:

  • 11 handguns of different calibers
  • 27 rifles/shotguns
  • A .45 caliber Kriss Vector semi-automatic rifle with a large capacity magazine
  • A high capacity 14 round handgun magazine.

Alonalayoff was arrested at the airport on Sunday.

ABC 7 Eyewitness News reported that he was arrested while returning from an “extended medical trip” to Israel.

“The unsecured storage of a large cache of weapons, especially in this location, certainly creates a risk to public safety,” Miller said in a statement. “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.”

Alonalayoff was charged with possession of an assault firearm and two counts of possession of a high capacity magazine.

The hospital told NJ.com that Alonalayoff was a consultant, not a full-time employee.

In a statement to ABC 7 Eyewitness News, the hospital said it was “inexcusable beyond comprehension” to have weapons in a hospital.

Hudson Regional Hospital did not respond Tuesday morning to New Jersey 101.5’s request for additional information.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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