The investigation into suspicious activity by a 20-year-old Ithaca man resulted in a large cache of weapons being found inside his Dryden Road apartment and left investigators quote, “stunned” at what they found.
During their investigation, officers recovered an unassembled AR-15 rifle, a gas mask, a homemade silencer, a myriad of ammunition to various firearms, pipes and other materials, along with equipment commonly used to assemble destructive devices, high-capacity rifle magazines, medical trauma supplies, a bulletproof vest, food rations and fireworks.
The occupant of the apartment, Maximilien Reynolds, was charged in the U.S. District Court of New York with possession of a destructive device and a silencer, as well as aiding and abetting the “straw purchase” of a rifle. The silencer possession charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison, and a 10-THOUSAND dollar fine. The straw purchase of a rifle purchase carries with it a 10-year prison term and 250-THOUSAND dollar fine.
Ithaca Police Chief Pete Tyler said this investigation is “a successful example of ‘see something, say something’ with appropriate action taken by local and federal law enforcement”