Arsenal found in Ithaca apartment

Elias Hubbard
March 19, 2018

Police and FBI Agents say the seized an un-assembled AR-15 rifle, homemade silencer, ammunition, a gas mask, pipes and equipment for making explosive devices.

A 20-year-old former Cornell University student has been arrested after allegedly accumulating a cache of ammunition and a large semi-automatic weapon in his apartment near campus, according to Ithaca, New York police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ithaca police previously detained Reynolds in June of 2016 under a New York State Mental Hygiene Law that allows officers to take those who could be a danger to themselves or others into custody, according to a federal criminal complaint. The complaint alleges the small apartment was "in severe disarray" with random piles of clothes, food, laboratory glassware and math formulas written on the windows. They said a bullet-resistant vest, military-style clothing and tactical items were also visible in the apartment. He agreed to go to Cayuga Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation, authorities said.

Another Ithaca resident told authorities that last fall, Reynolds gave him $1,000 to buy a firearm and another $200 to complete the transaction.

The man falsely certified when he bought the firearm that he was its true owner, investigators said. He was charged with "possession of a destructive device and a silencer", as well as "aiding and abetting the "straw purchase" of a rifle". Schlather said Reynolds has "a huge paranoia of the world beyond him", and is dedicated to "protecting himself from that world", the Daily Sun reported.

"Max is quite ill", Schlather said.

Reynolds' mother lives in New Jersey, the complaint says, and public records show a Maximilien Reynolds with an address of Rumson in Monmouth County. "Cornell University Police is cooperating with IPD and the FBI in this investigation, and all agencies continue to work together to promote the safety of Cornell University's campus and the surrounding community".

"What started as a tip from a citizen at a local business about some suspicious behavior led to any alarming discovery", Chief Pete Tyler said. He added, "This is a good reminder that we can all keep our community safe by immediately reporting suspicious activity".

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