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October 09, 2006
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New York police find weapons arsenal in car of former elderly home employee

The Associated Press

OSSINING, New York- A former elderly home employee who was fired after allegedly threatening to shoot co-workers has been arrested with what police described as enough weapons to start "his own little war."

Jose Custodio, 48, had six semiautomatic assault rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition and two bulletproof vests in his car, police in nearby Ossining said. They also found a bulletproof Army helmet, night-vision goggles, binoculars, a police radio scanner, gun manuals and knives.

Authorities said they did not know what Custodio intended to do with the weapons.

Custodio was charged with six felony weapons counts in the Sunday incident.

Last February, a colleague criticized Custodio's work at the Bethel Nursing Home in Ossining, where he had been a housekeeper for 25 years. The nursing home's CEO, Bruce Bradigan, told local media that Custodio allegedly responded by threatening to shoot co-workers.

Police were called, Custodio was fired and the facility was guarded around the clock for 10 days.

Custodio had been convicted and given three years' probation in a 1986 case for having a gun in his car.

The local police and district attorney's office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the latest incident.

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