PINOLE, California — A Washington state man was arrested last week by Pinole officers, who found a stolen AR-15-style rifle inside his car and determined he’d driven roughly 800 miles south from his home state to come to California and attack a stockbroker in San Francisco.
The suspect, James David Allen II, also indicated his willingness to “shoot it out” with the arresting officers, and remarked that if they hadn’t come to him when he was asleep he would have attacked them, according to the complaint.
The July 8 incident, which has resulted in federal felony charges, is still being investigated by the FBI. But so far, federal authorities say Allen appears to have been motivated by a personal grudge against his intended victim.
It all started around 10:40 a.m., when the officers were called to a report of a “possibly stolen” vehicle. They determined that the car had been reported stolen out of Washington. When the officers approached the car, they noticed a knife strapped to Allen’s hip, according to the criminal complaint.
One of the officers drew his gun, ordered the man to keep his hands on the wheel, and detained him, according to court records.
Within a few minutes, police determined that it was more than a simple weapons possession and stolen car case; Allen allegedly told the officers he had come from Washington state, and was making a roughly 800-mile drive south to the Bay Area to “handle” a stockbroker in San Francisco, whose name Allen didn’t reveal.
Inside the car, the officers found a loaded AR-15-style rifle that had also been reported stolen out of Washington. The gun was covered in bizarre markings from a silver pen, including barely legible letters, numbers, and designs.
The gun’s safety was off. It was found on the floor of the front passenger seat of the car, according to the complaint.
It was also equipped with two 30-round magazines, which had been taped together in order to make it easy for someone to eject one magazine, flip the apparatus over, and reload the weapon with the other magazine in a matter of seconds.
During the drive to county jail, Allen allegedly made another chilling admission to police.
“Allen spontaneously stated that the officers should have conducted a traffic stop on him,” an FBI Special Agent wrote in a sworn court statement. “Allen said it would have made the day a little more interesting because he would have shot it out with the officers.”
On Friday, the U.S. attorney’s office charged Allen with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. His next court appearance has been set for Wednesday, prosecutors said