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Man Arrested With 17 Guns, Grenade Launcher and Nazi Paraphernalia




Less than a day later, a man killed nine people in 32 seconds in Dayton, Ohio.

Late last week, the police arrested a 20-year-old man near Youngstown, Ohio, after he threatened to shoot up a Jewish community center. In Norwalk, Conn., a 22-year-old was arrested after he began collecting weapons for the purpose of committing a mass shooting, according to the police. And in Florida, a 25-year-old man was arrested after the police said he sent a text message expressing a desire to “break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever.”

Although Mr. Rubino’s motivation for harboring such an arsenal remains unclear, all of these arrests come as federal law enforcement officials grapple with a resurgent white supremacist threat, the rise of which some say has been aided by rhetoric from the White House and conservative media outlets. The arrests come a decade after the federal government effectively disbanded the Department of Homeland Security team that tracked domestic terrorism.


A spokesman for the United States attorney’s office in New Jersey would not say if Mr. Rubino was on investigators’ radars before his car accident in July. Neither the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives nor the F.B.I. could be reached for comment.

In New York City, there has been a significant increase in hate crimes this year, up 68 percent from last year as of June, according to police statistics.

Prosecutors in New Jersey said the Nazi paraphernalia Mr. Rubino possessed was also associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Aside from the firearms, the stockpile seized from Mr. Rubino’s home and car included brass knuckles, at least one high-capacity magazine, hollow-point bullets, a wooden ax handle and a baseball bat, prosecutors said. A total of 17 guns were found.

In addition to firearms charges, Mr. Rubino was charged with intent to distribute methamphetamines and marijuana. Prosecutors say he carried the weapons to assist with drug trafficking.

Mr. Rubino was convicted in 1999 of writing a bad check, prosecutors said, a felony that makes his possession of any firearm illegal.

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