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Police: Man arrested across from East Precinct, numerous firearms seized

Posted: Updated: Aug 09, 2016 01:58 AM
Eric Crowl, jail booking photo (Courtesy: Portland Police Bureau) Eric Crowl, jail booking photo (Courtesy: Portland Police Bureau)
Courtesy: Portland Police Bureau Courtesy: Portland Police Bureau

Portland police arrested a 39-year-old man across from the East Precinct after they found numerous firearms, ammunition and other items in his car.

Police said in April this year, they began noticing Eric Eugene Crowl parked outside the precinct in his gray Chevrolet Tahoe. Officers said they saw Crowl filming officers and seemed to be watching officers enter and leave the building during shift changes.

According to police, during one traffic stop, officers saw a police scanner in the vehicle and that Crowl is a "self-proclaimed Constitutionalist."

On Sunday around 2:50 p.m., an East Precinct sergeant saw Crowl parked across the street. That sergeant requested, via police radio, that Crowl be contacted by officers.

Police said when the radio transmission was broadcast, Crowl drove away from the precinct. Crowl was later stopped by officers for a traffic violation. Officers did not see any firearms in his car at that time.

At around 9:30 p.m., Crowl returned to the East Precinct and police said he appeared to be conducting surveillance of the building.

As officers approached Crowl, ordering him to keep his hands up, they said he would raise and lower his hands and appeared to be reaching around inside his vehicle.

Police said officer were able to get Crowl to exit his vehicle and pat him down for weapons. Officers didn't find any on him. Officers then searched the car and found several weapons and ammunition.

Police said they found a 5.56 rifle, 12 gauge shotgun, two 9mm handguns, 100 rounds 5.56 magazine drum that was loaded, hundreds of 5.56 and 9mm rounds of ammunition, 5.56 tracer rounds, handheld radios, police scanner, camouflage clothing, and various camping gear.

Crowl was arrested and taken to the Multnomah County Jail on charges of attempted assault of a public safety officer, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.

He will be arraigned on Tuesday and his bail is set at $1 million. 

After obtaining a search warrant, the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team served the warrant at Crowl's home on the 14000 block Southeast Rhone Street. Investigators seized eight additional rifles, a shotgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

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