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Village Couple Busted for Weapons, Terrorist Book, DA Says

By James Fanelli | December 31, 2012 5:40pm
 Morgan Gliedman is accused of housing a cache of weapons, including an explosive powder, in her Greenwich Village apartment.
Morgan Gliedman is accused of housing a cache of weapons, including an explosive powder, in her Greenwich Village apartment.
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GREENWICH VILLAGE — A pregnant ex-prep schooler and her activist boyfriend kept a cache of weapons inside their apartment, including an explosive chemical and a how-to guide to terrorism, according to a criminal complaint.

Morgan Gliedman, the 27-year-old daughter of a prominent Manhattan doctor, and Aaron Greene were busted Saturday at 6 p.m. when cops with a search warrant raided their Greenwich Village apartment on West 9th Street, the complaint says.

Cops, including members of the NYPD's intelligence division, recovered a plastic container of HMTD, a highly explosive powdery substance used for making bombs, according to the complaint in Manhattan Criminal Court.

Gliedman, who grew up on Park Avenue, and Greene are also accused of having chemical precursors to HMTD, a sawed-off shotgun and multiple rounds of ammunition in their bedroom.

Cops also found sheets of paper with the cover page entitled "the terrorist encyclopedia," the complaint says. The couple also allegedly had instructions on manufacturing explosive materials and bombs.

The two are charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the first and second degree. The criminal complaint says the pair intended to use the explosive and the shotgun against someone or property.

Greene, 31, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Sunday, sources said. Gliedman has not yet been arraigned. The Daily News reported that her arraignment was delayed because she had gone into labor.

As a teen, Gliedman attended the elite Dalton School on the Upper East Side, according to her Facebook page. Her father, Dr. Paul Gliedman, heads the radiation oncology department at Beth Israel Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Her Facebook profile says she attended New York University as an undergraduate and earned a master's of fine arts in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She wrote for a magazine at the school in 2009 and, in two of her stories, quoted someone by the name of Aaron Greene who also attended the school. In one piece, that Aaron Greene is credited with leading a campaign to reinstitute a beloved art class.