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Arrest made after man with 3 explosive devices found at Stony Brook University Hospital

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Posted at 9:16 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 11:52:38-04

STONY BROOK, NY — Police arrested a man at Stony Brook University Hospital who allegedly had three explosive devices and an apparent BB gun, officials said.

Robert Roden, a 33-year-old Mastic Beach man who was wearing a tactical vest and has no affiliation with the hospital, was found around 9 p.m. Tuesday, University Police Chief Robert Lenahan said.

"Upon taking the individual into custody, officers observed a suspicious object in his backpack," Lenahan said.

Off-duty NYPD Detective Salvatore Billigmeier happened to be at the hospital when he observed the man arguing with a hospital worker, according to Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison.

When Roden returned with a backpack, Billigmeier followed him and alerted the SUNY Police department. Roden was subsequently apprehended, and officers retrieved a firearm, multiple 9mm magazines and a suspicious device, Harrison tweeted.

Two floors of the hospital were evacuated and the emergency room wasn't reopened until around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers said they recovered additional devices at Roden's home.

Roden was arrested on charges of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal contempt and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Officials said additional charges were pending.

Local police are working with the FBI on the investigation.

No injuries were reported.