Murder suspect in loincloth surrendered at pantry

Daniel Martinson had been to the food bank before for his friends.

Daniel Joseph Martinson, 44, was arrested in Cave Junction July 23, 2014. (Oregon State Police)
Daniel Joseph Martinson, 44, was arrested in Cave Junction July 23, 2014. (Oregon State Police)

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon murder suspect who was wearing a wreath of twigs and a bright yellow loincloth when he was arrested this week did not offer any explanation for his attire.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that 44-year-old Daniel Martinson turned himself in Wednesday at a southern Oregon food bank.

Volunteers said Martinson had been to the food bank before – to get food for his friends at a nearby park.

On Wednesday, he sought food for Pumba, a homeless regular at the park who has trouble walking. He also surrendered, and asked the volunteers to phone 9-1-1.

Martinson chatted briefly about his loincloth, telling the volunteers he had tanned it himself. Martinson, however, didn’t say why he was wearing the outfit.

Martinson’s accused of fatally stabbing a man.

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