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Surgeon Found With Weapons Cache After Alleged Threat In Tuckahoe Indicted

A plastic surgeon from Great Neck was busted with a weapons cache in his BMW. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office
A plastic surgeon from Great Neck was busted with a weapons cache in his BMW. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office
Dr. Matthew Bonanno Photo Credit: MD.com

A grand jury has indicted the Manhattan surgeon from Long Island who was arrested with an arsenal of weapons after allegedly threatening his estranged wife and family in Westchester.

Great Neck resident Matthew Bonanno, 47, who practices on the upper East Side, was indicted on felony weapons charges and is scheduled to be arraigned in Westchester County Court this week.

Police were contacted by acquaintances of the plastic surgeon on Monday, Aug. 12, who overheard the threats against Bonanno's estranged wife and her family, and when they intervened, he was found with an illegal Glock and an arsenal in his BMW.

When officers responded to Growler’s Beer Bistro, they found the surgeon, who was armed, which led to a search of his vehicle, leading to the seizure of:

  • Five fully-loaded assault rifles with high-capacity magazines;
  • Three handguns;
  • 29 high-capacity loaded magazines;
  • More than 1,600 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.

Investigators said that they searched a residence of Bonnano’s in Mount Pleasant, where more weapons were recovered. Other weapons, including assault rifles, were also seized at his Long Island home.

Following his arrest, Bonanno’s lawyers are going on the offensive, with one reportedly describing the witness that led to his arrest as a “town drunk.” He notes that Bonanno is a gun collector, and cooperated with police prior to his arrest.

“He should be out,” his lawyer said, according to WABC 7. “He should be working, healing people that need to be healed. The day after this event, he had three surgeries scheduled for that morning. Does that sound like somebody that's going to do something bad the night before?”

Bonanno was back in court on Monday, Aug. 19, where his lawyer reportedly got into a heated exchange with the judge.

Following his appearance, Bonanno was remanded back to the Westchester County Jail.

More charges could be pending in both Westchester and Nassau counties.

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