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UPDATE: 'Madman' Arrested with Explosives, Marijuana in Woodmere

Close to 100 handguns and 20 long guns also found in Narrow Lane home.

Police arrested a “potential madman” on Tuesday after a routine assignment in Woodmere that led to the discovery of a large cache of explosives, weapons and marijuana, according to County Executive Edward Mangano and police officials.

Investigators found “enough explosive material to level the house and possibly the block,” which included 15 destructive devices, particularly pipe bombs, 15 improvised grenades and 50 pounds of ingredients that could be used to make explosives at 237 Narrow Lane, as well as about 100 handguns and 20 long guns, police officials said during a briefing on Wednesday.

Marc Ringel, 53, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and will be arraigned on explosives, weapons and drug charges. Police are still investigating his background and potential motives, but say they have no knowledge of him being connected to extremist groups or terrorists.

“I’d like to commend the officers for taking the extra steps in what could be described as a routine assignment,” Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Dale said. “Their attention to detail led to the discovery of an extremely dangerous situation and the arrest of an individual who poses a serious risk to the public.”

According to Nassau County detectives, around 1:30 p.m., Fourth Precinct police officers Robert Ryan and John Lutz responded to the Narrow Lane home for an alarm. Ringel, who was in the driveway, told the officers the alarm may have come from the van.

“The subject appeared a little nervous and said the house belonged to his parents,” Dale said.

Officers asked for identification and as Ringel opened the door, “a strong smell of marijuana emanated from the home,” police said. A handgun and two hand grenades were also observed in open view.

At that point, Dale said, Ringel attempted to push the officers out the door. The officers were able to secure him, back away from the premises and call for assistance.

Ringel was immediately taken into custody. About 20 surrounding homes were then evacuated and arson/bomb squad personnel responded to the scene.

That’s when the weapons and boxes of ammunition and shells were discovered strewn around the house, some in drawers, said Steven Skrynecki, chief of department. Units also found a marijuana grow house equipped with technology to grow the plant indoors.

In the backyard, investigators found a shallow pit with a wire leading in the house, Skrynecki said. It may have been used to test the explosives.

None of Ringel’s neighbors reported to police hearing any loud noises or seeing anything of a criminal nature.

Very little is known by police about Ringel at this time, according to Skrynecki. He grew up in Woodmere and went to Lawrence High School. He moved to the Midwest in the mid 1980s, where he married. Ringel divorced sometime in 2004 and returned to Long Island in 2009, where he lived in various places.

He has a previous out of state conviction for criminal contempt of court, which is domestic related.

Ringel’s parents are believed to spend winters in Florida, and he may have been living in their home for a few months without their knowledge, police said. Neighbors described him as “troubled.”

Police say he is being cooperative, but has not given any insight into his intentions.

Chris Albanese March 07, 2012 at 07:28 PM
just saw his photo. is that Quagmire with blonde hair??? giggity giggity
Bojames March 07, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Serious issue.....moronic posting
Chris Albanese March 07, 2012 at 09:13 PM
so sorry CB. I grew up in Far Rockaway where the neighbors regularly cleaned their AK-47's and sawed off shotguns in broad daylight to deter the crackheads & theives. Maybe I'm a little jaded and a pothead (dealer?) really doesn't bother me as much as say, 13-14 year old kids drinking alcohol in the Burger King on a Friday night (back booth by the bathrooms) or the high school "coke" parties that I've been told about when the parents go away to Europe for a week leaving their 17 year old home alone and unsupervised. But those things are perfectly normal here aren't they?
Melda Morris March 07, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Praises to those detectives they should be commended good job we should have more of them to clean up this country
Morris tipper March 08, 2012 at 12:46 AM
They also found some highly explosive Zcholent.
Tideline March 09, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Morris, do you really think 50 lbs of explosives would have leveled the whole block ? Police exagerate much. I notice they did not say whether he had a license for 100 Pistols either. They are only illegal, if he lacked the license for that.
Ex Ms Ringel March 09, 2012 at 11:22 PM
He abandoned his children in 2006~ He is a Deadbeat father and one who claimed he would make my life a bloody hell if I ever left him. Not paying child support and hidding behind your family....You can't hide anymore!!!!
Chris Albanese March 09, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I don't think you or anyone will have to worry about him for 10-15 years.
kym March 13, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Wrong info on divorce with dates-I'm his ex stepdaughter. He was married for 6 months after my mother also. I have more info on this piece of crap.
PatchReader April 04, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I'm interested in getting some more info- is there an email I can contact you at?
cynthia April 10, 2012 at 01:23 AM
This guy is a total menice to the world and himself if he had his way he kill himself in jail that is how nuts he is...Im his ex sister in law and an aunt to kym...
cynthia April 10, 2012 at 03:07 AM
yeah true mrs ringel since Im your sister your ex is a monster was and always will be to the population and this man is a drug dealer.

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