Burrillville gun collector Ronald Andruchuk has dangerousness hearing


PROVIDENCE — Lawyers argued Thursday morning about the level of danger posed by a jailed crypto-currency investor and prolific gun-buyer who has wanted to go home to his upscale Burrillville house since his recent arrest.

Ronald Andruchuk, who was arrested last week, is accused of illegally possessing guns as a substance abuser.

His “demonstrated zeal” for acquiring guns, his reckless storing and shooting of firearms on his woodsy 11-acre property and his suspected drug use are among various reasons why he needs to stay locked up at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, according to a prosecutor.

Andruchuk’s lawyer argues that Andruchuk is presumed innocent, he has cooperated with law enforcement in the past and it’s possible to let him out of jail without endangering the public.

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Last week, federal agents seized more than 200 guns and a flame-thrower from Andruchuk’s home and property on Tarkiln Road, where his extensive gunfire had disturbed neighbors and concerned Burrillville police, says a prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Hebert. 

The Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls.

The seizure, following a string of shots-fired incidents, was part of an investigation that delved into Andruchuk’s hiding of two guns and an amount of cocaine in the ceiling of a Massachusetts retail store and his substance abuse history,

Hebert is challenging notions, expressed by a magistrate judge last week, that the system can rely on electronic monitoring and other measures to keep Andruchuk away from guns.

She argued that Andruchuk’s wife has shown “enabling behavior” and Andruchuk’s abilities with a computer make it easy for him to rearm.

“He is smart,” she said. “He is well-educated. He is internet-savvy.” 

Situation reminiscent of past mass shootings

U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell Jr. described Andruchuk’s mass procurement of guns “mind-boggling” and wondered why Burrillville police did not detain Andruchuk based on the safety risk that prosecutors say he posed.

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