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Long Island plastic surgeon found with ‘fully loaded’ assault rifles, other weapons after threat against estranged wife: cops


A Long Island plastic surgeon was found with an arsenal of weapons. (Westchester County District Attorney's Office)

A Long Island plastic surgeon who allegedly made threats against his estranged wife was arrested in Westchester County this week after being found with five "fully-loaded" assault rifles, three handguns, other weapons and body armor in his vehicle, according to authorities.

Matthew Bonnano, 47, was taken into custody Monday night at a bar in Tuckahoe following an investigation into the reported threats against his wife.

“The police were contacted by someone who heard the threats and believed the defendant to be armed,” the Tuckahoe Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday.

Bonnano was found to be in possession of a loaded Glock semi-automatic handgun when he was taken into custody at Growler’s Beer Bistro, according to authorities. He was arrested without incident.

His estranged wife lives in Tuckahoe. Bonnano has residences in Great Neck, Long Island, and in the Town of Mount Pleasant in Westchester County.

The trove of weapons was found in his vehicle following his arrest. Cops found five loaded assault rifles, three handguns, 29 high-capacity loaded magazines, 1,600 rounds of ammunition, knives and a stun gun.

Heavy ballistic body armor, a ballistic helmet, handcuffs and other items were also found, according to Tuckahoe cops.

More illegal handguns and assault rifles were found in his homes, according to authorities.

"We will find out how these guns came into the defendant’s possession, and why he had such an unusual collection of weapons in the vehicle, as well as other locations,” Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino said during a press conference on Wednesday.

The plastic surgeon, who has a practice on Long Island, according to, was hit with multiple weapons charges and was arraigned on Tuesday. He is being held without bail.