Detectives have recovered nearly 50 guns from the house of a man who drove to a Northeast Philadelphia police station in a gun-packed car on Monday, warning of trouble at an area shopping center.
KYW’s Mike DeNardo reports police say the bizarre chain of events unfolded when 44-year-old Ukranian emigre Yuriy Arkadyev (left) walked into the 7th District police station wearing a bulletproof vest, saying something was wrong at the Leo Mall.
Outside in his car, two .22 caliber rifles, a 9mm handgun, and a .357 revolver were in plain view.
Officer Matthew Quinn arrested him on charges he was carrying without a permit:
“He was speaking a little incoherently. He was very agitated and excited. So that was another indicator to me that something was wrong.”
Police searched Arkadyev’s Barlow Street home and found 41 rifles and handguns and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan says Arkadyev was incoherent, and police were unable to question him:
“Considering the fact that this gentleman was riding around in a car with two rifles and two loaded handguns, it concerns me to think what could have unfolded if Officer Quinn hadn’t intervened when he did.”
Sullivan says police don’t know what Arkadyev’s intentions were, and they’re trying to sort out the registry of all the guns found in his home.
(top photo: KYW’s Mike Denardo)