Marcellus Arellano claims the IRS owes him $12,000. No harm in that.
But last Friday, the 68-year-old Nevada man carried three knives into a downtown Portland federal building, home to a bevy of IRS workers, according to a criminal complaint made public today in U.S. District Court.
A security screener in the lobby of the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building discovered a 3 1/2-inch blade tucked into the back of Arellano's waistband and two other knives -- with 5- and 8-inch blades -- in his bag, the complaint alleges.
A Federal Protective Service agent named Micah Coring was called in to ask Arellano a few questions. The agent found his suspect exceedingly cooperative.
Arellano waived his right to remain silent and explained that he bought the knives at a Rite Aid on Burnside Street and came to scare IRS personnel into releasing his money. He was kind enough to jot down a brief statement outlining his motives, according to an affidavit signed by Coring.
"I feel very strongly in this important issue and will continue to attempt to get my money by any method available," Arellano wrote.
Coring arrested Arellano, a former Portland resident. The agent noted in his affidavit that Arellano had a felony record -- convictions for property theft and a sex offense -- and brought knives to the federal building to assault or intimidate a federal employee.
Today, U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Ashmanskas ordered Arellano to remain in jail while awaiting trial.