A former Cornell student is facing Federal charges after investigators found a “destructive device and a silencer” – along with a number of other items associated with military activities – in his apartment on Dryden Road.
Along with the weapons charge, 19-year-old Maximilien Reynolds is accused of helping make a “straw purchase” of a rifle, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Investigators were tipped off by a Walmart employee, who noted that many of the items he purchased with a gift card were suspicious – including a hacksaw blade, camping gear, drill bits, and knives.
Court documents indicate that he paid another person to buy a Savage MSR-15 Patrol rifle for him.
Although he no longer attends Cornell, Reynolds was taking classes at Tompkins Cortland Community College, according court documents.
He appeared in United States District Court in Syracuse on Friday and was jailed without bail pending a hearing.
A number of agencies – including the FBI, Ithaca Police, Cornell University Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms – are investigating the case.
Ithaca Police say Reynolds also had an unassembled AR-15 rifle, a gas mask, a homemade silencer, ammunition for various weapons, pipes, and other items used to make bombs, high-capacity rifle magazines, medical trauma supplies, a bulletproof vest, food rations, and fireworks.
In addition, an ATF Agent said in a statement that other items used in making weapons were found in two storage units.