Cops arrest 'incoherent' man with weapons stash

A 44-year-old man was arrested in Northeast Philadelphia on Monday after he walked into a police station wearing a bullet proof vest and a holster.

Police said Yuri Arkadyev started off the morning on an odd note. About 7:30 a.m., Arkadyev approached another motorist at a Dunkin' Donuts in the Northeast and asked the man to accompany him somewhere, said police Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan. When the man declined, Arkadyev told him to jot down his license plate number and call 9-1-1.


A short while later, Sullivan said, Arkadyev walked into the 7th District's headquarters, at Bustleton Avenue and Bowler, and said "something needed to be done" about a problem he had at the Leo Mall Shopping Center on Bustleton Avenue.

A cop noticed Arkadyev was wearing a bullet proof vest and an empty holster. The officer found a rifle and two handguns stashed in Arkadyev's car. Arkadyev, of Barlow Street near Kelvin Avenue, was arrested and charged with weapons violations because his permit to carry had been previously revoked by the city, Sullivan said.

Cops later found 41 rifles, shotguns and handguns at Arkadyev's home, as well as thousands of rounds of ammunition. It was unclear if all of the weapons had been legally purchased, Sullivan said.

The chief inspector noted that investigators were still unsure what Arkadyev's intentions were on Monday. The man was "incoherent" when he was arrested, and hasn't made much sense since then, Sullivan said.

Two years ago, Arkadyev was stopped at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York when he tried to take six pistols and three rifles on a flight to Ukraine, Sullivan said.

Arkadyev later caused a scene at the American Embassy in Kiev, where he claimed to be associated with the Philadelphia Police Department, he noted. That incident led local authorities to suspend his license to carry, Sullivan said.