Riverside County man who attempted to enter federal facility in downtown L.A. with several firearms named in criminal complaint following interdiction by DHS’s Federal Protective Service and Homeland Security Investigations
LOS ANGELES – A Riverside County man who drove to a federal facility in downtown Los Angeles and attempted to enter with three firearms was charged late this afternoon with a federal firearms offense.
A federal criminal complaint filed this afternoon charges Erik Christopher Younggren, 34, of Cherry Valley, with attempted possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in a federal facility, a misdemeanor offense that carries a sentence of up to one year in federal prison.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Protective Service (FPS), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives provided substantial assistance.
Younggren, who currently is being held in federal custody, is expected to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court.
The complaint alleges that Younggren attempted to enter the employee parking lot under the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse Wednesday morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. When stopped by security at the entrance to the parking facility, Younggren initially stated that he was “a witness” who needed to enter the facility. When the security officer asked if he was armed, Younggren admitted to being in possession of a handgun and two rifles, according to the complaint. HSI special agents observed the incident and responded to help take Younggren into custody.
A subsequent search of his vehicle by HSI special agents and FPS officers led to the discovery of two rifles, a .45-caliber semi-automatic firearm and approximately 565 rounds of ammunition. When he was detained by authorities, Younggren was wearing body armor with loaded magazines and knives attached, the complaint alleges.
During an interview with HSI, FPS, and FBI special agents, Younggren said he went to the Roybal building because he needed “protection…[and he] explained that he was purportedly a confidential informant assigned to a confidential federal task force,” according to the complaint.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California’s General Crimes Section.
HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.