Cliven Bundy Flies to Oregon, Gets Arrested

He faces same charge as his sons
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2016 2:10 AM CST
Updated Feb 11, 2016 6:15 AM CST
Cliven Bundy Flies to Oregon, Gets Arrested
Cliven Bundy attends the funeral for friend LaVoy Finicum in Kanab, Utah, on Friday.   (Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News via AP)

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy flew into Portland, Ore., on Wednesday night to support four occupiers at a wildlife refuge—and was promptly arrested by the FBI. The Oregonian reports that the 74-year-old was booked into the Multnomah County Jail after being arrested at Portland International Airport on charges relating to a 2014 standoff at his ranch that involved grazing rights on federal land. After FBI agents surrounded the occupiers' camp, the Bundy Ranch Facebook page told America to "wake up" and announced that the Bundy patriarch was on his way to the site. Hours later, the page confirmed his arrest and lamented: "They keep coming for us patriots, they keep attacking peaceful principled men and woman [sic]."

Bundy's sons Ammon and Ryan are being held without bail for their involvement in the Oregon occupation. The Oregonian notes that Bundy, like his sons, has been charged with conspiracy to impede federal officers, as well as weapons charges. The remaining occupiers had planned to surrender to federal authorities at 8am PST on Thursday, but the Bundy arrest has raised doubts about the agreement, reports the Guardian. Ammon Bundy's lawyer says Cliven Bundy had been considering joining Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore at a press conference to discuss the situation, and the timing of the arrest is "terribly unfortunate." Fiore is believed to be on her way to eastern Oregon to be present at the surrender. (More Cliven Bundy stories.)

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