OWS doctor arrested with bomb making chemicals and stash of weapons

Occupy Wall Street protester Roberto Rivera. Credit: Amy Arbus for Bloomberg

Police have arrested a  60 year old unemployed doctor, Roberto Rivera, after finding a large quantity of chemicals used in bomb making after they conducted a raid on his home in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The search of Rivera’s home on Friday night also revealed a number of assault rifles and other weapons

Rivera was charged with second degree recklessly creating a risk of widespread injury or damage; fourth degree failure to mitigate against recklessly creating a risk of widespread injury or damage; third degree unlawful possession of a destructive device; fourth degree unlawful possession of a stun gun; fourth degree unlawful possession of a large capacity ammunition magazine; and second degree unlawful possession of an assault firearm. His bail has been set at $1 million dollars.

Ridgewood police had initially responded to the home after receiving a report that potentially hazardous materials might be at the residence. The Bergen County Prosecutor, John Molinelli, called at least one of the chemicals “highly volatile,” but authorities did not disclose the names of the chemicals found in the house.

Bergen County Hazmat and the FBI were involved in the search of the house. Saturday afternoon FBI Special Agent Barbara Woodruff said it was an ongoing investigation but “the scene is definitely secured so there’s no reason for concern”. Agencies investigating include the Ridgewood Police Department; Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office; Bergen County Police Department Bomb Squad; FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force; and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Prosecutors say Rivera is unemployed but has a license to practice medicine in New York.

Rivera was an active member of Occupy Wall Street. He was quoted in Bloomberg News in October of last year, commenting on the movement:

“I’m glad that at last the youth of America is able to stand on two feet and take a position that millions of people around the world have taken that they will not be intimidated by the capitalist free market paradigm and they will fight against gross inequality in distribution of income and assets.”

Rivera was also described in November 2011 in the Tribeca Tribune working as a “volunteer medic” helping with several overdose victims in Zuccotti Park, while wearing a black t-shirt with a red cross taped to his arm and the words “Stop bitching and start a revolution” emblazoned across the front.

Police searching the Rivera home. Credit Boyd Loving.

6 responses

  1. bOGUS LIKE RUBY RIDGE.

    November 18, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    • dnm

      ruby ridge bogus? tell that to the mother and son who died there…research some history and facts before you open your libtard hole

      November 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm

  2. MSQ

    thats a nice house there, I wonder how much money hes hording while he rails against the rich.

    typical prog, mines mine and yours is mine too.

    November 19, 2012 at 12:55 am

  3. pete

    Here’s the deal – you and I are going to a ball game. You’re going to buy two tickets, two hot dogs, and two beers. I’m buying nothing. Then we’ll split 50/50 what we have.

    Do you mind driving too? I’d help you with the gas, but it’s your car.

    November 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

  4. KN

    “God bless them for their spontaneity,” Pelosi told reporters. “It’s young, it’s spontaneous, it’s focused and it’s going to be effective.”

    November 19, 2012 at 10:53 pm

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