Prosecutors say New York City brothers face 130 charges after ‘arsenal’ of stealth weapons and homemade explosives found in their apartment
Two New York City brothers have been charged with 130 counts of illegal weapons possession, dealing and sale after an “arsenal” of ghost guns, assault rifles and improvised explosive devices was discovered in a raid of their Queens apartment. Prosecutors said.
The two brothers, Angelo and Andrew Hatziaglis, are under investigation by the Queens District Attorney’s Office on suspicion of purchasing firearm components and accessories and manufacturing firearms. Illegal ghost weapons – Untraceable type of homemade firearm, prosecutor’s office Announce In a press release on Monday.
During a search of their apartment on January 17, authorities found instructions on how to make bombs, anarchist propaganda and a “hit list” labeled “cops, judges, politicians, celebrities” and “banker scum,” the district attorney’s office said.
Angelo, 51, and Andrew Hatzigelis, 39, shared the Astoria apartment with their mother and another brother, prosecutors said.
A search of the apartment revealed eight “fully operable” explosive devices, two loaded stealth AR-15-style rifles, more than 600 rounds of ammunition and three sets of body armor, among other items, according to the district attorney. office.
The statement stated that the New York City Police Department’s bomb squad evacuated the residential building, which is located opposite a power plant, after finding the explosive devices. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and state police also assisted in the search.
“This cache of weapons, including explosives and untraceable, 3D-printed stealth rifles, had the potential to cause horrific carnage,” city Police Commissioner Edward Caban said in a statement.
New York City officials include local, state and federal authorities which has It was cracked Concerning the proliferation of stealth weapons, which have no serial numbers and can be extremely difficult to trace and regulate. Queens has had the highest number of guns recovered of all New York City boroughs since 2021, with more than 30% of the 359 guns recovered in the city last year, according to Katz’s office.
“The city is safer today,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. “My Crime Strategies and Intelligence Bureau investigates every day so we can find illegal weapons, including weapons and in this case explosive devices. We can’t measure the number of lives saved, but we know these weapons would never hurt anyone.” “.
Charges against the brothers include criminal possession of a weapon or firearm, reckless endangerment, criminal sale of a firearm and illegal handling of dangerous fireworks, according to the indictment.
Angelo Hatziaglis has pleaded not guilty to the charges. According to To the court docket. CNN contacted his brother’s lawyer.
The brothers are awaiting indictment in the 130-count indictment and are scheduled to appear in court on February 15, according to Katz’s office.
If convicted, each faces up to 25 years in prison, according to prosecutors.
CNN’s Josh Campbell contributed to this report.
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