Tuckahoe Police arrest man with large cache of weapons, including 5 assault rifles with high-capacity magazines


Courtesy Tuckahoe Police Department's Facebook page

Tuckahoe Police displayed weapons found in alleged suspect's car.

The Tuckahoe Police Department arrested on Monday Matthew J. Bonanno, a 47 year old with Great Neck and Mount Pleasant residences, for multiple criminal possession of weapons charges after finding  five fully loaded assault rifles, three handguns, 29 high-capacity loaded magazines, 1,600 rounds of ammunition and other weapons in his vehicle.

The alleged suspect was also in possession of heavy duty ballistic body armor and helmet and face masks, the release said.

“The arrest resulted from an investigation into a report that the defendant had made threats against his estranged wife, a Tuckahoe resident and her family,” Tuckahoe Police said in the news release. Police said they 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 St., in Tuckahoe, where he was found to be allegedly in illegal possession of a loaded Glock semi-automatic handgun, the release said. He was taken into custody without incident.

A subsequent search of his vehicle led to the recovery of the following (see picture above from the Tuckahoe Police Department’s Facebook page):

  • (5) assault rifles, fully loaded with high capacity magazines
  • (3) handguns
  • (29) high-capacity loaded magazines
  • (4) brass knuckles
  • Over 1,600 rounds of ammunition
  • Stun gun
  • Heavy ballistic body armor
  • Ballistic helmet
  • Handcuffs
  • Full head cover face masks
  • Multiple military style knives
  • Pepper spray fogger
  • Scopes, binoculars and other paraphernalia

“Additional search warrants were obtained for the defendant’s residents in the Town of Mount Pleasant and in Great Neck, where more illegal handguns and assault rifles were found,” said the release. In Long Island, this  included another large cache of assault rifles, shotgun, handguns, high-capacity magazines, body armor, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, smoke grenades and other weapons. The Mount Pleasant residence yielded three unlicensed handguns.

Bonanno was arraigned before Tuckahoe Village Justice David Fuller Tuesday and remanded without bail to the Westchester County Jail until his next court appearance on Tuesday.

The investigation is ongoing, Tuckahoe Police said.