PORTLAND – Two men traveling with a loaded handgun, sword, radios and gas masks were arrested as they tried to “scout out” the Occupy Port demonstration in Portland early Monday, police said.
Officers pulled the car over around 2 a.m., at the intersection of North Simmons and Marine Drive, and found the weapons.
“They [police] also located a loaded Glock .40-caliber handgun with an extra loaded magazine in the car,” said Lt. Robert King with the Portland Police Bureau. “Officers learned that they arrived in the area hours before the demonstration to scout the area.” (See of seized weapons photos at right)
Jason Barnes, 26, was arrested for driving while suspended and possession of a loaded firearm in public. Steven Phillip Liddicoat, a passenger in the car, was arrested for an outstanding warrant. A third man in the car was questioned and released.
Kari Koch, speaking for Occupy Portland, said those men were not part of the port protest group.
Also Monday morning, some Occupy Portland protesters on the way to the port demonstration were involved in a crash in a stolen truck, police said.
The crash occurred on Marine Drive at the I-5 overpass.
Officers arrested Levi B. Feltkamp, 30, for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Police said the truck he was driving had been stolen from Forest Grove.
“Feltkamp and the occupants of the stolen truck all indicated they were on their way to the Occupy demonstration,” King said.