- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A man who has spent months monitoring a Portland police precinct was arrested after worried officers found weapons and ammunition in his parked vehicle, the authorities said.

Eric E. Crowl, 39, was charged Monday with attempted assault of a police officer, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm, Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

Court records do not list an attorney to speak on his behalf. He was to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

According to Simpson, Crowl had been watching and filming officers at the precinct since April.

On Sunday afternoon, an East Precinct sergeant noticed Crowl was back and asked an officer to speak with him. Crowl, his Chevrolet Tahoe equipped with a police scanner, quickly drove away. Officers stopped him for a traffic violation, but didn’t notice any weapons in the SUV.

Crowl returned at the evening shift change to continue his surveillance, Simpson said.

“Due to heightened concerns about police ambush attacks after the recent incidents in Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, officers contacted Crowl, concerned about his actions,” Simpson said. “As officers approached Crowl, ordering him to keep his hands up, he would raise and lower his hands and appeared to be reaching around inside his vehicle.”

When Crowl eventually got out, officers looking through the window of the SUV found what Simpson described as an arsenal.

They seized: a rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, two 9 mm handguns, a loaded 100-round 5.56 mm magazine drum, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, handheld radios, camouflage clothing and camping gear including a sleeping bag, food, camping stove, and lantern.

Investigators searched Crowl’s home after obtaining a warrant and found eight rifles, a shotgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, Simpson said.

Oregon court records show Crowl has had no trouble with the law beyond traffic and parking violations.

In arrest paperwork, Crowl told authorities he does odd jobs and is the primary care provider for his child.

Though he has been primarily living in the Portland area, public records show Crowl has ties to Manhattan, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri.

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