A Rockland County man maintained a small illegal arsenal in his home while taking to the Internet under an assumed name to threaten the lives of prominent elected officials, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, police said.
Lawrence Mulqueen, 49, of Nanuet, was arrested about 6 p.m. Wednesday, Clarkstown police Sgt. Glenn Cummings said.
Mulqueen was charged with three counts of making terroristic threats, a felony; one count of felony weapons possession; two counts of misdemeanor weapons possession; and one count of harassment, a violation, Cummings said Thursday.
Clarkstown police received a call about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday from Mulqueen's landlord, a 63-year-old woman who told them Mulqueen had been treating her in a harassing manner, police said.
"It was an ongoing dispute," Cummings said, declining to elaborate further.
The woman also told investigators Mulqueen was maintaining a Facebook page under a fake name and using it to post violent, anti-government diatribes. Finally, the landlord told police Mulqueen might own guns and other weapons he could not legally own because of multiple past felony DWI convictions, Cummings told Newsday.
Investigators found that the Facebook page did include numerous threats against government and law enforcement officials, police said. In it, Mulqueen said he was eager to start killing officials such as Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, police said.
Mulqueen said on the page that he wanted all supporters of President Barack Obama dead, calling them "traitor scum" and declaring "death to them all," police said.
Similar pronouncements were made about current federal officials, causing Clarkstown police to notify the FBI, which joined the investigation, police said. Based on further investigation and subsequent statements from Mulqueen, police got a search warrant for his home. According to police, the search turned up:
• A bolt-action rifle
• A Remington pump-action rifle loaded with six rounds
• Two rifle bayonets
• A rifle scope
• About 100 rounds of ammunition, including 27 rounds of armor-piercing "tank buster" bullets
• A sword
• A metal knuckle knife
• Bulletproof body armor
It is not known yet whether the FBI will pursue a separate investigation with an eye toward federal charges, Cummings said, adding, "The Clarkstown investigation is closed."
Mulqueen was arraigned before Clarkstown Town Justice Scott Ugell Thursday morning and sent to Rockland County Jail without bail. He's due back in court Monday at 1:30 p.m.
No information on his legal representation was immediately available Thursday.