Police have arrested a Long Island man after they found Nazi paraphernalia, a cache of weapons and bomb-making instructions in his home, authorities said.
Law enforcement officials executing a search warrant on Thursday at the Mount Sinai home of Edward Perkowksi, 29, discovered an arsenal of weapons, including 14 knives, a .40-caliber Glock, six assault rifles, four rifles, 25 high-capacity magazines, a shotgun and a stun gun, Suffolk County police said.
Cops said they also found $42,940 in cash, approximately four ounces of marijuana and about 26 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, as well as thousands of rounds of ammunition in the home.
"Today’s search warrant might have prevented a deadly, violent incident, like the one we recently saw in Orlando,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini, said at a news conference in Yaphank.
Police said they also seized a notebook that contained bomb making instructions, a cell phone, two computers, scales and Nazi paraphernalia.
A framed photograph of Adolf Hitler, a book entitled ‘White Power’ and flags and clothing displaying a swastika were among the items found in Perkowski’s house, a police photo showed.
“To think that this was in the Town of Brookhaven is extremely disturbing, and the brave men and women of the department will stop at nothing to neutralize threats like this,” Sini said of the items.
Perkowksi was hit with a slew of charges, including eight counts of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana.
His 25-year-old brother, Sean Perkowski, was arrested on an unrelated outstanding bench warrant, police said.
Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward Romaine said the home was infected with the "disease called hate," The New York Times reported.
"And we want to stop hate in this country," he said. "There’s enough."
Neighbors were not surprised by the arrests, telling CBS2 they had been complaining about issues stemming from the home for years.
“This has been an ongoing problem,” neighbor Brian Saltzer told the television station. “I have contacted the police about the drug dealing and the violence and the weapons. They assaulted me.”
Resident John Leonard was shaken by what police discovered.
“Scares the hell out of me. I mean, that takes it to a whole new level – it’s not just drugs,” he told CBS2. “I live two houses down, so bomb-making materials, instructions, whatever it might be, that just escalated this.”
Neighbors believed the home was in foreclosure and that the brothers were squatters.
The Town of Brookhaven condemned the home for safety violations, police said.
Edward Perkowski pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday. Bail was set at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond, officials said.
His attorney told CBS2 his client hasn’t done anything illegal and vowed to fight the charges “100 percent.”
His brother, who was wanted on a Port Jefferson village court bench warrant for public urination, paid a $50 fine.