Crater Lake chef gets prison after ranger fight

John Charles Subert, 47, will spend 1.5 years in prison

Crater Lake in 2014 (KOIN 6 News, file)
Crater Lake in 2014 (KOIN 6 News, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A former cook who worked at Crater Lake National Park was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison for forcibly resisting federal park rangers.

John Charles Subert, 47, will remain on three years of supervised released after his prison term is finished.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, in late September 2014, Saubert was terminated as a chef at Xanterra Parks and Resorts at Crater Lake National Park due to excessive alcohol and performance issues. During a shuttle ride back to his dorm, Saubert was disturbing other riders and reportedly fondled a woman’s leg after being told to stop.

United States Park Rangers and Xanterra staff contacted Saubert at his dorm and warned him that he would be allowed to remain on the premises until the next day, but only if he remained in his room, prosecutors said.

A short time later, park rangers saw Saubert staggering outside and being very loud. When told he was under arrest, Saubert responded by saying, “I’m not going without a fight,” prosecutors said. He reportedly jerked his hand away from the ranger’s grasp, hitting the ranger in the face and shoving another ranger against a patrol car. He was wrestled to the ground, but continued to fight. When he was placed into a patrol car, prosecutors said he continued to scream profanities, banged his head against the window and threatened to kill the officers and their families.

When Saubert made his first court appearance, he was released September 24 and ordered to appear in court within a week. Prosecutors said he failed to appear and an arrest warrant was issued.

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Eric Wahlstrom said USM tracked Saubert to Page, Arizona where he was working at Amangiri Resorts, which is located in Canyon Point, Southern Utah. The Marshals learned that Saubert was living in employee housing but would cross into Utah to go to work.

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