April 23 2017
Cliven Bundy was taken into federal custody on the evening of Wednesday, February 10, 2016, in Portland. Further information on the charges is expected to be available on Thursday morning.
The FBI said agents had "moved to contain" the last four holdouts Wednesday by hemming them in with armored vehicles at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, which they have occupied since Jan. 2.
"We reached a point where it became necessary to take action in a way that best ensured the safety of those on the refuge," Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge, said Wednesday in a statement.
Bundy, 74, was arrested by the FBI after stepping off a plane at Portland International Airport Wednesday evening and taken to Multnomah County jail.
His two sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, were already in jail following the arrest of several original members of the takeover group Jan. 26 on charges of interfering with interfere with a federal officer One person, Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, was killed during a confrontation with the FBI and state troopers after fleeing a police roadblock while en route to a community meeting.
The elder Bundy faces federal charges related to a standoff at his ranch with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in 2014. Bundy, who defied authorities in a dispute over federal land rights, owes $1 million in grazing fees and penalties. He also faces a charge of conspiracy to interfere with a federal officer and weapons charges.