Cliven Bundy was surrounded by a SWAT team as he stepped off the plane in Portland and arrested on charges related to the stand off last year in Nevada, weapons charges and conspiracy to interfere with a Federal Officer.
on February 10, 2016 at 11:03 PM, updated February 11, 2016 at 12:03 AM
Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who touched off one armed showdown with federal authorities and applauded another started in Oregon by his sons, was arrested late Wednesday at Portland International Airport and faces federal charges related to the 2014 standoff at his ranch.
Bundy, 74, was booked into the downtown Multnomah County jail at 10:54 p.m.
He faces a conspiracy charge to interfere with a federal officer -- the same charge lodged against two of his sons, Ammon and Ryan, for their role in the Jan. 2 takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns. He also faces weapons charges.
The Bundy Ranch Facebook page reported Cliven Bundy was surrounded by SWAT officers and detained after his arrival from Nevada.
He was arrested at 10:10 p.m., authorities said.
The Bundy patriarch had traveled to Portland with plans to go on to Burns, where four occupiers had been the remaining holdouts of the refuge occupation.
The four remaining protesters at the Wildlife Refuge meanwhile, have been surrounded and cut off by the FBI using armored vehicles. Negotiations went on for some time and the last news is reporting the four will surrender themselves in the morning during daylight hours.
Cliven Bundy was attempting to get there and it has been reported that Nevada Governor Michele Fiore and Reverend Franklin Graham are trying to get there to help mediate.
- Four remaining occupiers of the Malheur wildlife refuge in Burns, Oregon, say they will turn themselves in to the FBI at 8am PST Thursday.
- But doubts have been raised over the apparent agreement after Cliven Bundy – a figurehead for the militia and the father of two former Oregon occupiers now in jail – was himself arrested on the way to the scene of the refuge.
- The reported surrender deal came after FBI agents surrounded the refuge on Wednesday night, 40 days after armed militia members took control of the property.
- Sean Anderson, one of the four, insisted the decision was not a surrender:
We are not surrendering, we’re turning ourselves in …
It goes against everything we believe in but we’re going to do it.
- But there has been no confirmation from the FBI of the terms of the reported agreement.
The arrest of Cliven Bundy is going to send some shock waves around the Patriot community and should well cause more than a few people to start looking over their shoulder and in the rear view mirror.
It seems the FBI has decided that it isn't going to let that standoff slide after all.
I do believe we are about to see a paradigm shift in this country sooner rather than later.
There will be much discussion of these events in the near future and it will be very interesting to see what, if anything, comes of it.