130 charges filed against brothers after NYPD recovers weapons cache and ‘kill list’
Two brothers were charged Monday after a raid on their New York City apartment turned up an arsenal of untraceable firearms, homemade bombs and a “hit list” labeled “cops, judges, politicians, celebrities” and “banker scum,” authorities said. .
Andrew and Angelo Hatziaglis, 39 and 51 years old respectively, face 130 criminal charges related to collecting weapons and explosives, according to the Public Prosecution. The Queens District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Detectives began investigating the siblings after they obtained intelligence relating to the purchase of parts and accessories for ghost guns, untraceable weapons often sold in kits and assembled privately.
Angelo Hatziaglis has pleaded not guilty to all 130 charges, according to the British Daily Mail. New York State Court System website. It is unclear if Andrew Hatziaglis has made his debut.
On January 17, New York City police raided the brothers’ apartment in Astoria, Queens, which they share with their mother and another brother. When members of the NYPD Bomb Squad discovered the explosives, they evacuated the entire building. The NYPD seized dozens of weapons and tactical equipment, including eight explosive devices, two AR-15-style ghost rifles, body armor, more than 600 rounds of ammunition and smoke grenades.
“The city is safer today. We can’t measure the number of lives saved, but we know these weapons would never hurt anyone,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement.
The brothers’ next court date is scheduled for February 15. If convicted, they face up to 25 years in prison, according to the district attorney.
What are ghost guns?
Stealth weapons are often assembled from kits purchased online or 3D printed and do not have serial numbers, making them difficult to trace. It also allows the buyer to evade a background check.
Many of the weapons recovered from the brothers’ apartment, including two semi-automatic pistols, were assembled with parts made by a 3D printer, according to the district attorney. Along with the weapons, ammunition and hit list, the brothers owned a 3D printer that the police confiscated.
The Queens District Attorney’s Office has successfully led a citywide crackdown on ghost gun manufacturers and traffickers. Since 2021, more ghost weapons have been found in Queens than in any other New York City borough.
a a report A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives report last year showed a rise in the number of ghost weapons found across the country as well as an increase in weapons used in crimes. The number of suspected ghost weapons seized by law enforcement and submitted to the bureau for tracking increased by more than 1,000% from 2017 to 2021. The number doubled from 2020 to 2021, the report said.
In 2022, President Joe Biden introduced the rules It aims for ghost weapons by qualifying them under the Gun Control Act, which requires manufacturers “to become federally licensed and conduct background checks before selling.” The rules also require that gun parts have serial numbers. In October, the Supreme Court ordered two stealth gun parts vendors to comply with Biden’s regulations after a federal judge previously sided with the companies.
Contributing: Grace Houck, USA TODAY
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