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Ridgewood “Occupy Wall Street” Bomb Doctor awaiting new jury verdict


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Ridgewood NJ, Dr. Roberto Rivera has remained imprisoned since Ridgewood Police and FBI agents raided his Ridgewood apartment in November 2012 which he had lived in since 2011. During the raid they uncovered mass amounts of bomb making ingredients  including nitric acid, hydrogen peroxide, glycerin, sulfuric acid, calcium hypochlorite and potassium perchlorate.

According to the then Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli , Ridgewood police first showed up at the home around 6:15 p.m. after getting a report of potential hazardous and explosive materials there.Dr. Roberto Rivera, 60 at the time ,who according to reports was active in the Occupy Wall Street movement and a far left wing radical , was arrested following the raid .

The former physician faced a litany of charges, including possession of a destructive device, creating risk of widespread harm and possession of weapons. If convicted on all counts, he could face more than 25 years in prison.A two-week trial included the testimony of FBI investigators, chemists and bomb experts on the chemical stockpile they said Rivera kept in his basement and attic.

Rivera’s high-profile arrest in 2012 earned him the nickname “Bomb Doc” from media outlets like the Ridgewood blog . Rivera had had some ups and downs in his life and had been arrested on bank robbery charges when he was 16 years old, but was found not guilty for reasons of insanity. Years later he obtained a medical degree and last worked as an emergency room physician at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. His medical license was suspended after his arrest.

Neighbors recalled seeing a “constant flow of UPS packages” to his door and his personal writings foretold of a potential attack .Aside from the chemicals, authorities seized a briefcase containing a wig, gloves, sunglasses and two Cobray M11 9mm assault rifles with ammo. The barrels were cut down, so they could be concealed inside the briefcase. Along with multiple weapons, authorities also recovered 10 thermite lighters, which can be used as detonators.

In April of 2018 a Superior Court judge declared a mistrial in the state’s case against Ridgewood Resident Dr. Roberto Rivera, the judge focused on issues with former  Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli’s case .




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  1. Bomb Doc guilty of assault weapons charges (2 x cobray weapons) after 1 hour of jury deliberation yesterday Jan 18 late in day

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