NYPD Allege Plan to Blow Up Wash. Square Arch

The latest in the explosives bust of the rich heroin users in Greenwich Village a few weeks ago: Police say Aaron Greene planned to blow up the Washington Square arch.

This is such an odd story. [More...]

Greene made some admissions after his arrest and said he had stored some weapons with a member of law enforcement:

Police also searched the home of Greene’s friend in Orangeburg, N.Y., and found 21 guns, brass knuckles, two stun guns and a switchblade knife. Browne said police went there after Greene said he had given some of his weapons to the man.

Greene's friend is a suspended prison guard -- he was suspended in 2010 for possession of cocaine and fleeing a police vehicle.

Greene's girlfriend, Morgan Gliedman, went into labor when being arrested. The baby was drug-free -- she stopped using when she learned she was pregnant. The Court has granted her bail with conditions she get drug treatment and wear an ankle monitor. She entered a 30 day rehab following the hearing.

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.

Gliedman is on probation for drug possession following a February 2012 bust. Greene was sentenced to five months in the case. She also has a pending felony grand larceny/credit card theft case.

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.

(Correction: Greene did not go to Harvard. The New York Post appears to be the originator of this mis-reporting, which was picked up by numerous other media organizations.)

More on the robbery case here.

Police also say they found neo-nazi writings at the residence.

Greene signed another correspondence with the Nazi SS lightning bolts, and scribbled "kill" and "kill them all" dozens of times on a paper, sources said.

In 2005, Greene was sentenced to 8 months for stabbing a bouncer at a club. From Rikers, he reportedly told the New York Post he's just a sportsman.

No drugs were found in the apartment in the explosives search. Cops initially thought they were just rich junkies posturing, and that only Greene was involved with the explosives and weapons. It still appears Gliedman was not involved with the weapons and explosives, but she's charged anyway.

A neighbor says of Greene and his parents: "They were a lovely, lovely family." How did NYPD latch on to the couple for the latest search? Not through the success of their electronic surveillance programs. It was a garden variety snitch who had been invited into their apartment to take a shower.

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    It (5.00 / 5) (#6)
    by lentinel on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:59:44 AM EST
    certainly sounds believable.

    I can't count the number of times I have met people in the park and invited them to use my shower.

    The name of the newborn (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by oculus on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:37:08 PM EST
    indicate at least one parent is a cockeyed optimist.  H/t Oscar Hammerstein.

    Melody Sunshine (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Peter G on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:49:35 PM EST

    Well Harvard is Saying... (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 02:52:03 PM EST
    ...they never met the guy.

    Gothamist, going above and beyond the call of journalistic duty, made the superhuman effort to pick up a telephone and painstakingly dial Harvard University to confirm Greene's attendance there. What did the Harvard spokesman say?

    "Aaron Greene did not attend Harvard Kennedy School, or Harvard undergrad."


    So from Harvard educated terrorist with links to OWS to "extended-adolescent dumbass" with a trust fund and maybe a link to Nazis.  Kind of loses it's zing when you remove the fiction.

    Let's hope the FEDs are as good at (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:23:29 AM EST
    catching real threats as they are at catching clown acts like Aaron Greene, the Liberty City morons, and here in Michigan, the Hutaree Hillbillies.

    According to the earlier stories on this case (none / 0) (#1)
    by scribe on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 07:10:36 AM EST
    when the NYPD raided the apartment, they found 7 grams of some sort of alleged explosive.

    A whole quarter-ounce.  That's not enough to blow one's nose, let alone the marble arch at Washington Square.

    What really set this case off and brought it into the forefront of media attention is that it came a couple days after the relase of documents showing how the NYPD and federal law enforcement cooperated in crushing OWS, law and the Constitution be damned.  There was an allegation in the initial reports that the couple were OWS activists.

    In other words, the NYPD PR department (a/k/a the NY Post and Daily News) needed a big splash to wash away the OWS-crushing story.

    Are we sure those aren't Kiss lightning bolts? (none / 0) (#2)
    by unitron on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 08:47:23 AM EST
    If I indulged in stereotypes, I'd look at the names and at the parents occupations and think maybe these kids were Jewish.

    Not many of them in the SS, or so I've heard (is it stereotyping if you say Jews are notorious for not having been Nazis?).

    There are some stories so strange you figure they must be true, no one could make that up.

    This one feels made up.

    Or mashed up.

    Never believe what the authorities tell the press (5.00 / 5) (#5)
    by Peter G on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:59:43 AM EST
    at first about any sensational case.  The truth always turns out, one way or another, to be something different. I'm reserving judgment.

    A breath of fresh air (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by Zorba on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 01:21:24 PM EST
    and reason, as you always are, Peter.   :-)

    thanks, Z (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Peter G on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 03:32:23 PM EST

    So when I said... (none / 0) (#17)
    by unitron on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 04:36:05 PM EST
    ..."This one feels made up.

    Or mashed up."

    You took that as an idication that I believed it to be true?


    And Washington Square is where people (none / 0) (#3)
    by tigercourse on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:37:23 AM EST
    used to (likely still) go to buy drugs. Why the hell would a junkie want to blow it up!

    Real masterminds these 2.

    Too well heeled to be in it for the free shoes (none / 0) (#4)
    by Mr Natural on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:50:36 AM EST
    and al qwaki uniforms, like the Liberty City Seven.

    Just another angry white liberal.  

    I'd be more inclined to believe... (none / 0) (#7)
    by Dadler on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:05:28 PM EST
    ...it was the McDonald's arch(es). (Satire alert.) Wishful thinking, I suppose.

    Sorry! (none / 0) (#9)
    by Reconstructionist on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:18:17 PM EST
      I failed to censor the cuss words from my cut and paste.

    I deleted the comment (none / 0) (#15)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 08:41:04 PM EST
    thanks for the alert

    SITE VIOLATOR (none / 0) (#20)
    by Peter G on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 09:31:21 PM EST
    on the march

    what planet do you live on (none / 0) (#21)
    by diogenes on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 09:59:09 PM EST
    "garden variety snitch"

    I sure hope that people report it to the police when other people have explosives and weapons.  Don't you?  Why the pejorative?