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The night before the final four hold-outs surrendered at Malheur Refuge, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy flew into Portland, Oregon, possibly to meet with the lawyers for his sons Ammon and Ryan. Rumor has it he was supposed to fly in with Michele Fiore, who brokered the surrender deal, but he got waylaid somehow. Another rumor is that Fiore set Bundy up to be arrested while she went off to help the FBI negotiate with the final four at Malheur.
At any rate, the Feds had a surprise for Cliven on the tarmac:
. . . one of Cliven Bundy’s bodyguards waited at the Portland airport for Spirit Airlines flight 869 to arrive from Las Vegas.
The flight landed at 10:06 p.m., 13 minutes before it was scheduled to land, but Cliven Bundy never met-up with that bodyguard. “The bodyguard thought something was wrong,” said Bailey Logue, Cliven Bundy’s daughter. “He called us and told us he was hearing a SWAT team met the plane, and that dad didn’t come out.”
Logue said the family learned the Bundy patriarch was arrested through social media. Shortly after, they called the Multnomah County Detention Center, where officers confirmed Bundy was in custody.
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Bundy, 69, 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.
"Many Nevadans would say, 'It's about time,'" said Eric Herzik, professor and chair of the University of Nevada-Reno's political science department.
"But why has Bundy been treated as above the law?" he said. "The feds have shown incredible restraint -- perhaps to the point of consternation by folks who don't see eye to eye with the Bundy gang."
In a report four months after the ranch confrontation, the U.S. Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis warned that many militants viewed the standoff as "a defining victory over government oppression."
. . . If convicted, Bundy, 69, could face up to five years in prison on the conspiracy charge, up to 10 years on the obstruction charge, up to 20 years in prison on the assault interference charges and a mandatory minimum consecutive seven years on the firearm charge. He could also face fines of $250,000 per count.
32-Page Indictment against Bundy via Scribd
From the Bundy Ranch Facebook: