PORTLAND, Ore. – A man carrying a concealed rifle near the federal courthouse where the Oregon standoff trial is taking place was arrested Thursday.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officers saw the man, carrying a sign and a towel wrapped around an item, walk into a controlled area around the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson of Portland police.
When DHS officers stopped the man, the towel fell to the ground, revealing the rifle. The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Matthew Thomas Mglej, dropped the rifle and was taken into custody without incident. Portland police were called to the scene at around 5 p.m.
The rifle was not loaded, according to Simpson.
Mglej was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm. He was also cited for a federal firearms violation by DHS officers.