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A Flushing man will spend time in prison for stockpiling a cache of guns and ammunition in the basement of his home in March 2018, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Alan Hoo, 47, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in December 2018. He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison to be followed by five years’ post-release supervision.

“This defendant jeopardized the lives of residents in his community by hoarding large amounts of guns and ammunition in his home,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “Not only did this individual collect these weapons, but he lured officers to his home with a crank call stating he was in danger. The sentence imposed by the Court today serves as a reminder that this illegal conduct will not be tolerated.”

According to charges, on the morning of March 25, 2018, Hoo called the police to report shots fired by an intruder in his Mulberry Avenue home. When police arrived at Hoo’s home, officers found that the call, which was placed by Hoo, had been a hoax and that Hoo was the only person in possession of weapons.

Despite previously telling police that he had to wrestle the weapons away from the intruder who he claimed was shooting up his apartment, Hoo admitted to owning the weapons. Upon searching the home, police found numerous air rifles, pistols, assault rifles, and a .308 caliber rifle loaded with three rounds of ammunition in the chamber and twenty-five rounds in the magazine.

Police also found nine high-capacity magazines and a large bag of fireworks in Hoo’s home.

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