Two men were arrested at New York’s Penn Station in connection with threats to the Jewish community, police said on Saturday.
New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officers identified the two men late on Friday night after being alerted to warrants for their arrests by the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force, the MTA said in a statement.
Police seized a hunting knife, an illegal Glock 17 firearm and a 30-round magazine after investigating the individuals.
The FBI/NYPD task force became aware of threats to the Jewish community on Friday night and “moved swiftly to gather information, identify those behind it and operationally neutralize their ability to do harm,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said in a statement, thanking “sharp-eyed” MTA officers for spotting the pair.
No details were released on the two men, although the New York Times reported authorities released an alert late on Friday for a man who had recently made threats against synagogues in the New York area.
A joint investigation for a “strong prosecution” is now taking place, and NYPD officers are deploying to “strategic locations” around the city, Sewell said.