Felon with rifle arrested at park with Occupy Seattle protesters

Oct 18, 2011

Police say a man with a rifle and 16 rounds of ammunition was arrested Monday night by officers assigned to the Occupy Seattle demonstration at Westlake Park.

The Seattlepi.com reported that a "bicycle officers talked to the man just after 6 p.m. Monday and that he was taking part in the protests. The 40-year-old man was carrying a rifle case over his shoulder. And police say officers heard him mention that he was carrying a "Ruger." Ruger is a gun maker."

A check showed the 40-year-old man is a convicted felon. He was jailed for a felony weapons violation.

Later Monday night police arrested a 20-year-old man who refused to leave a tent, and early Tuesday morning they arrested an elderly woman who erected a structure out of signs. Both were released after police collected information for the city attorney's office.

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