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Cops: Mastic man brought explosives into Stony Brook University Hospital

Suffolk police said Wednesday night that Robert Roden

Robert Roden faces multiple charges after he allegedly brought a backpack containing three explosive devices into Stony Brook Hospital on Tuesday night. Credit: Stringer News Service; John Roca

A Mastic Beach man faces weapons and drug charges after he brought a backpack containing three explosive devices into Stony Brook University Hospital, Suffolk police said Wednesday night.

Robert Roden, 33, was taken into custody just after 9 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital by Stony Brook University police after a hospital security guard called to report a suspicious man in the emergency department, authorities said.

University officers called Suffolk police because of a suspicious package inside Roden's backpack, officials said. 

Suffolk police bomb squad officers then determined that Roden's backpack contained three explosive devices, officials said. Two floors of the hospital, including the emergency room, were evacuated as a precaution, officials said. The emergency room reopened at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

A search of Roden's home Wednesday by local and federal law enforcement officers led to the discovery of more explosives, Suffolk police said.

Roden faces multiple charges including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree criminal contempt and drug offenses, with more charges pending, police said.

The search of Roden's home was led by detectives with the Suffolk police Arson Section, but also included agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as Stony Brook University police, authorities said.

The devices found at Roden's home are being "evaluated by the FBI," police said. 

It was unclear Wednesday night if Roden had retained a lawyer.

Stony Brook University Police Chief Robert Lenahan said in a statement early Wednesday that his officers found a man inside the hospital's emergency department Tuesday night wearing a tactical vest with a BB gun in his backpack, in addition to the suspicious object. 

Roden will be held overnight at the Suffolk police department's Seventh Precinct, and is expected to be arraigned Thursday in Central Islip's First District Court.

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