Man Arrested With Gun at Occupy Protests Was Wearing Army Fatigues, Militia Patch

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee October 18, 2011

An armed man arrested by police Monday night at the Occupy Westlake protests was decked out in army fatigues and wearing a militia patch according to Seattle Police Department records.

SPD's report on the incident says the man—who was wearing "digital army fatigues," and two patches on his jacket with his name and the word "militia"—approached several bike patrol officers at the park around 6:00 pm and struck up a "casual conversation regarding the protest and the department's plans for the evening."

Police say the man also advised officers of a "possible problem person" at the park, who he claimed had "tried to steal medical supplies" from him. According to SPD, the man then mentioned that he had a "Ruger" [a gun brand] in a rifle bag slung over his shoulder. Officers took his bag, and checked the gun, which was not loaded. The man then handed over a box containing approximately 16 tracer rounds.

Officers ran the man's name and discovered he had previously been convicted of auto theft, and is unable to legally own a gun. Police booked the man into the King County Jail for unlawful possession of a firearm.

A man with the same name as the suspect recently signed up for an account on a Washington State militia social networking site, where he can be seen posing with a rifle in his profile photo.

Prosecutors have not yet charged the man, who is being held at the King County Jail on $100,000 bail.

It's unclear from the report if the 40-year-old Kent man was at Westlake to support lefty protesters, or to offer back up the police.
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