Tucker said police responded to calls to 911 for a man with a gun outside the UN at 10:40 a.m. Upon arrival, officers found a man with a bag holding a gun. chase loaded under his chin. After securing a security perimeter and evacuating civilians, NYPD officer Matthew Librizzi of the Emergency Services Unit contacted the man. Officer Librizzi, the deputy commissioner said, spoke with the individual throughout the two-hour incident.
“He had papers he wanted to hand over to the UN,” Tucker said. “Dialogue was exchanged on how we might be able to accommodate his request and bring the incident to a peaceful conclusion.”
Ultimately, Tucker said the ESU was able to turn the man’s papers over to the UN. He then put down his hunting rifle and was taken into custody at around 1.40 pm He was taken to a local hospital for an assessment.
“Tracing his route to the UN, investigators determined he was walking from (the Millennium Hotel) on 44th Street, where he checked in yesterday,” Tucker said. “Detectives also learned that there was a van attached to the individual parked in front of the hotel.”
Tucker said the bomb squad swept through the hotel, the man’s hotel room and the truck – and that there were no outstanding threats from any of the items.
The deputy commissioner added that the investigation by the Bureau of Detectives is ongoing and he could not confirm the nature of the documents submitted to the UN. He added that the man, who is from Florida, does not have a criminal record or criminal history anywhere in the United States.
Charges have yet to be filed and are still pending, Tucker said.