Cache of weapons and explosives found in Albany County

November 06, 2017 05:38 PM

Authorities say they went looking for 43-year-old Edward Reis when his wife got a text from him stating he wanted to harm himself.

They went to his home on Lewis Road in the town of Knox.  They had no idea what they would find hidden away in a locked room there.

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"She asked us to come down and look into a room that was locked that she was able to gain access to," said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.  "First glance at the room, we're like, oh my God, because of the amount of firearms."

Sheriff Apple says the amount of weapons and explosives was unbelievable;  they found firearms, grenades, trip wires, canisters of tear gas, a grenade launcher, large projectiles, and bulletproof vests, plus a forged New York pistol permit.

Investigators are looking into how he got all the weapons.

"Some guns are legal, some of the guns are illegal," said the sheriff.  "Some of the guns, the barrels are illegal, they're cut too short."

They tracked Reis down to a motel on 9 and 20 in East Greenbush.  The sheriff says it was lucky they were able to talk him out.

"He had an AR-15 with 50 rounds of ammunition locked and loaded.  So who knows what he was going to do.  God forbid we had to go in that room what would have happened.  Needless to say at this point, we really don't know what his intent was."

Authorities say Reis had a military background.

He was described to investigators as a dangerous man who has been unstable.

Reis is being held in jail without bail. He had no criminal history.


Kumi Tucker

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