LOS ANGELES – Riverside County man who drove to a federal facility in downtown Los Angeles and attempted to enter with three guns was charged late afternoon with an offense federal law on firearms.
A federal criminal complaint filed this afternoon accuses Erik Christopher Younggren, 34, of Cherry Valley, of attempted possession of firearms and dangerous weapons at a federal facility, a misdemeanor punishable by up to ‘to one year in federal prison.
Younggren, who is currently in federal custody, is scheduled to appear for the first time in U.S. District Court Friday afternoon.
The complaint alleges that Younggren attempted to enter the employee parking lot under the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and the United States Courthouse on Wednesday morning at around 9:30 am When he was pulled over by security at entering the parking lot, Younggren first said he was “a witness” who needed to enter the facility. When asked by the security guard if he was armed, Younggren admitted to being in possession of a handgun and two rifles, according to the complaint.
A subsequent search of his vehicle uncovered two rifles, a .45 caliber semi-automatic firearm and approximately 565 rounds. When arrested by authorities, Younggren was wearing a bulletproof vest with loaded magazines and knives attached, according to the complaint.
In an interview with the Federal Protective Service, the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations, Younggren said he went to the Roybal building because he needed “protection …[and he] explained that he was allegedly a confidential informant assigned to a confidential federal task force, âaccording to the complaint.
A criminal complaint contains allegations that an accused has committed a crime. Anyone accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is under investigation by the Federal Protection Service. the Los Angeles Police Department; the FBI; Internal security investigations; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives provided substantial assistance.
U.S. Deputy Prosecutor Maria Elena Stiteler of the General Crimes Section is continuing this case.