Suspect Arrested For Bringing Explosive Devices Into Stony Brook University Hospital

Stony Brook University Hospital. Long Island Press photo.

A 33-year-old Mastic Beach man was arrested Wednesday for bringing three explosive devices into Stony Brook University Hospital, Suffolk County police said.

A hospital security guard called State University Police at Stony Brook to report a suspicious man in the emergency room and upon arrival, police took Robert Roden into custody after finding three suspicious devices in his backpack shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, police said. University police then called Suffolk police for backup.

Two floors of the hospital were evacuated as a precaution and the emergency room reopened at 1:30 a.m. There were no reported injuries.

Arson Section detectives and Bomb Section technicians investigated and determined the device to be dangerous, police said. 

Detectives, the Bomb Squad and Canine Unit officers, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and university police executed a search warrant at the suspect’s Wavecrest Drive home, where they found multiple explosive devices that are being evaluated by federal investigators, police said.

Roden was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Criminal Contempt, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Additional charges are pending.

He will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.

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