Via The Daily Mail:
The well-to-do heroin addicts who were arrested for allegedly keeping explosives in their Greenwich Village apartment were reportedly planning to blow up the arch in nearby Washington Square Park.
Friends allegedly told police that Aaron Greene, who was arrested along with his then-pregnant girlfriend Morgan Gliedman, had previously tested explosives in the Manhattan public park.
The friend’s report that Greene was seen sprinkling powder on the ground before throwing rocks at it to see if it would explode is in keeping with police theories that the couple were stocking up on highly unstable explosives in order to stage an attack.
The New York Times reports that police interviewed Daniel Whittaker, a friend of Greene’s who lives in upstate New York.
Mr Whittaker, who is a corrections officer, was questioned because Greene told investigators that he had given some weapons to ‘a friend in law enforcement’.
The main focus of the investigation, however, has been the apartment that Greene and Gliedman lived while she was pregnant with their child. Gliedman, 27, went into labor during her arrest and because she stopped doing heroin during her pregnancy, the child was born drug free.
Inside the apartment, officers found seven grams of the explosive powder HMTD, which was reportedly the substance used in the 2005 London Underground bombings.
he building had to be evacuated while the bomb squad removed the highly-unstable explosive.
Police also found a sawed-off Mossberg 500, a $1,000 Ruger over-under hunting shotgun, several high-capacity magazines, 60 shotgun shells, and a replica of an M203 grenade launcher.
Several disturbing items were seized, including: ‘The Terrorist’s Encyclopedia V. 1.02,’ ‘Improvised and Modified Firearms: Deadly Homemade Weapons,’ ‘A Do-It-Yourself Submachine Gun,’ and U.S. Army manuals for creating and planting booby traps and explosives.
Officers were tipped off about the explosives by someone who met Gliedman and Greene, 31, in Washington Square Park. The couple invited the informant to their apartment to take a shower, which is when he spotted the weapons, The Post reported.
The apartment on Manhattan’s West Ninth Street is near the apartment where two rich young men accidentally blew themselves up while making a bomb for the extremist group the Weather Underground in 1970.
Greene and Gliedman had no such plans, police sources are saying. They are just wealthy drug addicts with a twisted idea of what’s ‘cool,’ according to the Daily Beast.
Friends revealed to the New York Post that Gliedman, a former student of New York prep school Dalton, was on a safe track to success until she met Greene, who has a series of felony weapons charges to his name.
She went to New York University and then attended the Art Institute of Chicago for a masters in Creative Writing.
‘She comes from a great family, raised on Park Avenue, went to a great school, but then this guy introduced her to drugs,’ a friend told the Post.
They added that Gliedman stopped doing heroin when she learned she was pregnant, and the baby was born drug-free.
The newborn, named Melody Sunshine, is now being cared for by Gliedman’s mother, Susyn Schops Gliedman, a broker, and father, Dr. Paul Gliedman, head of radiation oncology at Beth Israel Brooklyn.
When Gleidman is released from the treatment program, she will allowed to travel throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, said celebrity bail bondsman Ira Judelson, who posted Gliedman’s bail.
‘She wants to get clean. She wants to address this legal issue. She wants to raise her daughter,’ he added.
Gliedman will be back in court on January 29 on the weapons charges and unrelated theft charges.
Following the arrest, it emerged that the 27-year-old was already a suspect in a robbery – and already on probation for drug possession.
On February 17, Gliedman met a man at Johnny’s Bar in the Village and went to his Midtown apartment where she allegedly took off with a backpack containing his laptop, cellphone, wallet and credit cards, which she used to make purchases.
Five days after the robbery, on February 22, she and her Harvard-graduate boyfriend, Greene, were arrested for possession drugs and found with a .223-caliber rifle.
The couple were spotted with another woman in a car and Greene was seen injecting heroin while one of the women snorted the drug, a criminal complaint said.
Police officers found empty heroin bags on the floor, marijuana and a digital scale with heroin residue in one of the women’s handbags, according to The Post, and Greene admitted to having a gun.
He was sentenced to five months in jail. Gliedman was due to complete pre-trial probation for drug possession this week, but that case now could be reopened because of the latest explosive find.
Greene’s father is the head of a top art restoration firm. He was also arrested in the apartment on Saturday and is being held without bail on Rikers Island.