Tuckahoe Police Arrest Man for Multiple Criminal Possession of Weapons Charges

Aug. 12, 2019 — TheTuckahoe Police Department arrested a 47-year-old male for multiple criminal possession of weapons charges. The arrest resulted from an investigation into a report that the defendant had made threats against his estranged wife, a Tuckahoe resident, and her family. The police were contacted by someone who heard the threats and believed the defendant to be armed. Tuckahoe Police responded to the defendant’s location, Growler’s Beer Bistro, 25 Main St., Tuckahoe, NY, where he was found to be illegally in possession of a loaded Glock semi-automatic handgun. He was taken in custody without incident.

The defendant is identified as:
Matthew J. Bonanno (DOB 3/27/1972)
40 East Shore Road, Apt. 239
Great Neck, NY 11023

A subsequent search of his vehicle led to the recovery of the following:

  • Five assault rifles, fully loaded with high capacity magazines
  • Three handguns
  • 29-high capacity loaded magazines
  • Over 1600 rounds of ammunition
  • Stun gun
  • Heavy ballistic body armor
  • Ballistic helmet
  • Handcuffs
  • Full head cover face masks
  • Multiple military style knives
  • Four brass knuckles
  • Pepper spray fogger
  • Scopes, binoculars and other paraphernalia

The Tuckahoe Police Department working closely with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office obtained search warrants for the defendant’s known residences, one in the Town of Mount Pleasant and one in Great Neck, N.Y. Three additional unlicensed handguns were recovered in Mount Pleasant. The residence in Long Island yielded another large cache of assault rifles, shotgun, handguns, high capacity magazines, body armor, hundreds of rounds ammunition, smoke grenades and other weapons. Those weapons were turned over to the Nassau County Police Department.

The Defendant was arraigned by Village Justice David O. Fuller on Aug. 13, 2019. The defendant was remanded without bail to the Westchester County Jail to await his next court appearance Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Tuckahoe Village Court.

The Tuckahoe Police Department was assisted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office prosecutors and the Westchester Intelligence Center, the Mount Pleasant Police Department, the Westchester County Department of Public Safety’s Real Time Crime Center and the Nassau County Police Department.

The investigation is ongoing.

Westchester District Attorney Anthony Scarpino and Tuckahoe Police Chief John Costanzo

Westchester District Attorney Anthony Scarpino and Tuckahoe Police Chief John Costanzo

 In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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