Cops on Thursday arrested a heavily armed 34-year-old man who threatened to cause deadly mayhem at a children’s hospital in Queens, law enforcement sources said.
The NYPD responded to a call on Feb. 17 reporting a man threatening to shoot at Cohen Children’s Medical Center at 269-01 76th Ave. in Glen Oaks, around 12:10 p.m. on February 17.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers from the 105th Precinct encountered a man matching a description sent from the perpetrator, identified as Thomas Saxton, outside the hospital in his vehicle next to several firearms.
Authorities said Saxton allegedly had two ghost guns in his possession. Police then obtained and later executed a search warrant of his Nassau County residence, where they found a small arsenal of very high firepower.
Law enforcement sources said police found nine phantom handguns, four shotguns, two rifles, two body armor, 50 extended magazines and 1,000 rounds at Saxton’s home. Several other firearm parts and accessories were also recovered.
Saxton was taken into custody at the hospital without incident. He was later charged with six counts of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of ammunition, uttering threats, harassment, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.
In recent months, local law enforcement officials have made cracking down on phantom guns a top priority in ongoing efforts to end gun violence in New York City. Ghost guns are made of plastic and other hard-to-find parts, often sold in kits that buyers can then assemble as they please.
As Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recently pointed out, the availability of phantom guns gives those banned from possessing firearms — like ex-felons and domestic abusers — a way to get weapons while circumventing the law.