Mesa man arrested with war paint, multiple weapons

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa police say he had war paint on his face and a collection of weapons inside his home.

Officers arrested Matthew Andersen, 30, early Monday morning and booked him on charges including threatening and intimidating, disorderly conduct and possession of weapons by someone prohibited from possessing.

3TV learned Andersen has a past felony assault conviction out of Houston, according to police, which is why he’s not supposed to have weapons.

However, Mesa police pulled multiple guns from his home Monday afternoon, including a loaded sawed-off shotgun with extra shells, a high-powered rifle and a handgun. Officers say additional firearms, tactical gear and swords were also found inside.

“It is a little nerve-racking because people are so unpredictable,” said neighbor Julio Mendoza. He’s one of the neighbors who called police after hearing yelling, banging and threats of violence coming from the man’s home.

“He was making threats through the walls, using derogatory terms and also my name,” Mendoza said. “He was also mentioning the use of certain guns that were in his possession.”

Police say Andersen threatened to shoot at officers who responded to the call. He had to be tased after officers negotiated him out of his townhome. Police say the patio and front door were barricaded, a window was broken and blood found on the ground.

“It looked liked like he was really worked up,” said neighbor Marissa King. “I saw the war paint on his face, couldn’t tell if that was blood on his clothes. He looked dirty and disheveled, not himself, like he wasn’t in his right state of mind.”

King, who lives nearby with two small children, said she wants to know where he obtained all of the guns and ammo.

“If he wasn’t supposed to have guns and he had multiple, especially that caliber … they need to do something, be strict, do more follow-up,” she said. “It’s really scary when you don’t know what’s going on in the house next door.”

Mesa police had a prior call to Andersen’s address in December. Officers also noted he opened the door previously for police with a sword.

According to a search of court documents in Maricopa County, Andersen only has a past marijuana violation from 2009, in addition to the case out of Texas.