U.S. marshals on Saturday arrested a man who had holed up on his 14-acre estate for nine months in a fight over a $1.6 million bank loan.

Six marshals broke a window in the estate's main house, entered and arrested John Sweeney, who put up no resistance when they encountered him in a second-floor laundry room, said Timothy Bane, a chief deputy for the marshals.The estate once belonged to Sweeney's great-grandfather, who was a secretary of the Navy, postmaster general and ambassador.

Sweeney and his wife, Rhetta, contend that they were misled by the bank that granted the original loan and that the federal government does not have jurisdiction to foreclose on or seize the estate.