Police: NYC man planned to 'blow up' park arch

Witnesses told investigators they saw the suspect sprinkle a white powder in the park and then ignite it

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Police say a man accused with his girlfriend of keeping bomb-making materials in their Greenwich Village apartment had told acquaintances he planned to blow up the Washington Square Park arch

Police spokesman Paul Browne said the acquaintances told investigators they saw Aaron Greene sprinkle a white powder in the park and then ignite it.

Browne says police believe the powder was HMTD, a bomb-making material they found in the couple's apartment last month.

The new details emerged after police searched the Orangeburg, N.Y. home of Greene's friend. They found 21 guns, brass knuckles, two stun guns and a switchblade knife. Browne said police went there after Greene said he had given some of his weapons to the man.

Greene's lawyer did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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