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Bail set for man cops say had rifle in casino hotel room

Raymond Hansen was charged Friday after police said

Raymond Hansen was charged Friday after police said they found illegal weapons at his home and in his hotel room. Credit: SCPD

Raymond Hansen — who was charged Friday after police said he brought an illegal military-style rifle to his Islandia casino hotel room, and was then arrested again Friday night after officers said they found more illegal weapons in a raid of his East Patchogue home — had bail set at $350,000 cash or $750,000 bond at his arraignment in Suffolk County District Court in Central Islip on Saturday morning.

Prosecutors had asked for Hansen’s bail to be set at $1 million cash or $2 million bond in light of the finding of semiautomatic weapons at his home. Prosecutors Saturday also asked for an order of protection against Hansen for what they said was a small dog found when police searched his hotel room at Jake’s 58 Hotel & Casino.

An aide representing Hansen’s defense attorney, Robert Del Col, called the new bond request “unconscionable,” adding that Hansen, 25, of Parker Lane had no prior criminal convictions, posed no flight risk and had the guns locked in a safe.

Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said Saturday that “the additional crimes and additional facts justified our increase.”

Sini added that there were “a number of unanswered questions” that police were still investigating, including why Hansen walked into the Islandia hotel with an “operable” rifle.

The district attorney did not say whether authorities felt Hansen posed a threat to himself or the public.

Hansen’s family posted the cash bail later Saturday, said Justin Meyers, Sini’s chief of staff. Meyers added that the weapons were seized. Hansen is due back in court Wednesday.

“The district attorney’s response to this, to me, is extreme,” said Del Col, of Bay Shore. “To me, it’s an overreaction and a [political] statement of some sort.”

The district attorney’s office defended the response. “We are talking about a person who smuggled an illegal AR-15 assault weapon under his clothes along with a loaded magazine into a crowded casino,” Meyers said. “Our office’s reaction is entirely appropriate.”

Del Col said he could not comment on why the rifle — which he had said Hansen legally purchased in Pennsylvania — was in Hansen’s hotel room other than saying there was “an innocent explanation.” He reiterated that his client had no previous criminal history and should have been released on his own recognizance before Saturday’s $1 million bail request.

“It’s a higher bail than even anyone [would get] if they would be accused of murder,” Del Col said, describing his client as a “responsible gun owner” who “would never endanger anyone — and there is no evidence to suggest that he would intentionally harm anyone.”

Del Col also blasted prosecutors’ decision to seek an order of protection for the dog, which he said was a Yorkie that belonged to one of Hansen’s family members. He said he would challenge the order.

Hansen was first arrested after security at Jake’s 58 Hotel & Casino entered his room Thursday night to investigate a complaint about a barking dog, then discovered a disassembled, semiautomatic AR-15 rifle and two magazines capable of holding a combined 30 rounds of ammunition, police said Friday. Hansen had smuggled them under his jacket and into his room, authorities said.

The state SAFE Act prohibits possession of any ammunition magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds. Sini had said Friday that aspects of the weapon are illegal under state law, including a telescoping stock and pistol grip.

Hansen was arraigned in the casino-related case Friday on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. Hansen confessed to bringing the weapon and marijuana into the hotel room, according to a criminal complaint.

On Friday, Del Col had said his client was out on $250,000 bond when he and his mother got home and found officers ready to serve them a search warrant.

With Robert Brodsky Ellen Yan, and Khristopher J. Brooks

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