Assault Rifle, Drugs Found In Crown Heights Chabad Youth Center’s Basement
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
After the A.L.I.Y.A. Institute in Crown Heights got an anonymous call Tuesday afternoon that guns and drugs were being stored in its basement, A.L.I.Y.A.’s director, Rabbi Moshe Feiglin, reportedly called the police.
A.L.I.Y.A.’s basement is rented by a Chabad-Lubavitch male, who uses it for storage and as an office, COLLive reported.
Police searched the cluttered space and reportedly found a large quantity of variety drugs, an AR 15 assault rifle, another rifle and a pellet gun and arrested the renter at a different location.
"We had no idea. I am shocked that he would be so stupid as to hide illegal substances in the basement of a Chabad moisad [nonprofit organization] and youth center,” Feiglin said.
More than a year ago, a drunk man sleeping in the center refused to follow police commands. An altercation ensued, and the man was arrested and charged.
But the officers were accused of using excessive force, and the city eventually settled with the man and also dropped the charges against him.
The A.L.I.Y.A. youth center serves young people from Chabad families in Crown Heights, many of whom have substance abuse and other issues.
[Hat Tip: The Lion.]
Update 11-13-2014 – The New York Daily News adds the following new information, including the type of drugs found , the name of the arrested Chabad man, and the fact that it is unclear who actually called police:
…Cops found weapons, psychedelic mushrooms, hallucinogenic pills, pot and a bag of acid inside a Jewish youth center in Crown Heights at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Police acting on an anonymous tip searched the ALIYA Institute at 527 East New York Ave. They discovered an AR-15 assault rifle and a hunting rifle — as well as the cache of drugs — inside a small closet.
Officers arrested Aaron Akaberi, 28, who was living in the cluttered center. Akaberi was awaiting arraignment Wednesday night; the charges against him remain unclear.
Inside the center, cops also found a locked safe but were awaiting a warrant to open it.…
[Rabbi Moshe Feiglin] said he had his suspicions about Akabrei.
"Nonetheless, I personally went through his possessions on several occasions and never found anything suspicious," the rabbi said.…
Akaberi also frequently volunteered at the center and did repairs to the building as a volunteer, as well.