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Village Man Indicted for Possession of Explosives

By Andrea Swalec | January 4, 2013 1:30pm

MANHATTAN CRIMINAL COURT — A man accused of keeping a cache of weapons and a powerful bomb-making explosive inside his pregnant girlfriend's Village apartment was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury, prosecutors said Friday.

Aaron Greene, 31, was hit with felony charges of criminal possession of a loaded firearm and criminal possession of an explosive substance with intent to use, after police raided girlfriend Morgan Gliedman's West Ninth Street apartment Dec. 29 and found the highly explosive white powder HMTD, a sawed-off shotgun and multiple rounds of ammunition.

Greene appeared pale and drawn during his brief court appearance and did not speak. His father, an unidentified woman and lawyer Lisa J. Pelosi refused to speak to reporters.

During the search of Gliedman's 8 W. Ninth St. apartment, just steps from Fifth Avenue, police found sheets of paper with a cover page reading "The Terrorist Encyclopedia" and instructions on how to manufacture explosive materials and bombs, according to the criminal complaint.

Greene told the New York Post in a jailhouse interview Tuesday he had the explosive powder for use in "experimental fireworks" and the gun because he was a "sportsman."

Gliedman — a Dalton School graduate whose parents are real estate broker Susyn Schops Gliedman and radiation oncology chief Paul Gliedman — has not been arraigned because she gave birth shortly after her arrest, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

Greene is due back in court Jan. 29.