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JFK weapons charge shocks Patchogue man's family

A collection of large knives, cigarette lighters, scissors

A collection of large knives, cigarette lighters, scissors and matches fill a table at the Port Authority Police facility in the John F. Kennedy International Airport, in a photo provided by the Police Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. (Oct. 19, 2013) Credit: AP

Stunned relatives of a Patchogue man arrested Saturday at Kennedy Airport after a cache of knives was found in his carry-on bag said he has never been in trouble with the law and was moving south for a fresh start.

"We were floored," said Josephine Prybyzerski, the mother of Timothy Schiavo Jr., of both her reaction and that of her husband when told of their son's arrest.

Schiavo, 29, was given a desk appearance ticket on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and released. He is due in court on Dec. 23.

Among the weapons found during a search of Schiavo's bag at a Terminal 5 checkpoint was a combat-style knife with a built-in metal knuckle grip on the handle and several pocket knives, buck knives and scissors, according to Port Authority police.

Several cigarette lighters, including one that looked liked a small, silver handgun, were also found in the bag along with multiple books of matches, authorities said.

Schiavo, who worked part time at a store in Medford, had been en route to North Carolina, where he planned to stay with his sister and work as a school janitor, said his stepfather, Robert Prybyzerski.

Schiavo had been living with his stepfather and mother for the past year, the family said.

His stepfather said that the family has since been trying unsuccessfully to contact Schiavo.

"He's not any kind of a problem kid," Robert Prybyzerski said. "He's not a wild kid. He's never been in trouble, as far as I know."

Port Authority police said the investigation is ongoing.

With AP

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