NEW YORK – An eccentric Queens man was busted Friday for having an arsenal of illegal weapons — from handguns to machetes — and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition stored in his apartment, police and neighbors said.
Michael Millazzo, 53, of Shore Blvd. in Astoria, was arrested by cops investigating reports of shots fired in the air in front of his home on Aug. 26.
He was collared early Friday morning and cops recovered two handguns, 26 magazines, 10,537 rounds of ammunition, 32 machetes, 60 knives, 16 air pistols, an air rifle, seven tasers, eight brass knuckles, nine batons and 10 handcuffs, upon executing a search warrant.
“Eight cops were going in there like they were going for Osama bin Laden. When I saw what they came out with, I said, ‘Is all this stuff real?'” said Millazzo’s neighbor, Greg Alevreas, 51.
Millazzo has one prior arrest in October 2004 for having five rifles and a handgun.
“He’s not all there. He’s just odd,” Alevreas said.
“We’re happy that he’s gone away. If he came out and shot in the air, what’s he goin gto do next time?” added the neighbor, who said he’s concerned about the safety of his 18-month-old daughter.
The door to Millazzo’s apartment was plastered with military and weapons-related stickers including ones that read “Member, National Rifle Association,” “Proud to Have Served in the U .S. Armed Services,” a bull’s-eye target and “CheaperThanDirt.com,” an online weapons and ammunition store.
It was not clear what he intended to do with the weapons.