Authorities announced that two suspects armed with guns and knives were arrested in Manhattan on Saturday morning in connection with threats made against New York area synagogues.
The New York City Police Department said the men were taken into custody as they entered Penn Station. Police said both were armed with hunting knives, an illegal Glock 17 firearm and 30-round magazines.
A source familiar with the investigation told CBS News that a Nazi armband was found during the arrests.
The suspects, who were observed and arrested by Metropolitan Transportation Authority police officers, were identified by the NYPD as 21-year-old Christopher Brown and 22-year-old Matthew Maher.
Police told CBS News that Brown is being arrested on charges of making terroristic threats and aggravated assault, while Maher faces charges of aggravated assault and criminal weapons possession.
The situation began Friday, according to police, when investigators from the FBI and NYPD discovered an “increased threat to the Jewish community.”
The agencies issued a police bulletin in which they identified Brown as a person wanted in connection with “recent threats made to unnamed Jewish synagogues in the New York area”.
Police said in a bulletin that Brown, who suffers from schizophrenia, “had recently informed his family about his interest in traveling to NYC and purchasing firearms.” According to police, Brown is from the Aquebogue community on Long Island, while Maher is a Manhattan resident.
The exact details of the threats were not immediately disclosed.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said, “Today, we are deeply grateful to NYPD investigators and our law enforcement partners who uncovered and stopped a threat to our Jewish community.” Tweeted, “This morning’s arrest and recovery of weapons at Penn Station is a testament to their vigilance and cooperation in keeping New Yorkers safe.”