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2 men arrested after police find them with riffles

Oregon police are constantly on the lookout for suspicious behavior. When they see something that may not be right, they will investigate further. This can lead to criminal charges for individuals involved in unsavory conduct.

Recently, police in Portland noticed an illegally parked car with Washington plates. The police soon discovered that the car was reported as stolen. Then police waited to see if anyone returned to the car. Shortly after, police claim a man returned to the car and retrieved something from the car's trunk. The man then returned to a homeless tent camp nearby. Police say the man repeated this action a few minutes later.

When a second officer showed up, the police apparently demanded that the man exit the tent. Police say they heard what sounded like a gun being loaded before two men left the tent. The men were both arrested, when it was determined that neither was allowed to own or possess a firearm.

According to police, the men are both convicted felons and, therefore, prohibited from possessing weapons. They will now face additional criminal charges as a result of this arrest.

Specifically, one man, age 24, has been charged with five counts of felon in possession of a firearm. The other man, age 42, has been charged with five counts of felony in possession of firearm and faces additional charges for using the stolen car.

Any felony charges, such as these are very serious. Charges, like felony possession of a weapon, can result in serious penalties including be sentenced to prison, large fines and more. It is important to ensure that police have acted appropriately and respected people's constitutional rights in these situations.

Source: KOIN, "5 rifles found at NW Portland homeless camp," Brent Weisberg, Jan. 26, 2016

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