PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Cliven Bundy, the patriarch of a Nevada ranching family, was arrested upon arrival at PDX Wednesday night.
Portland FBI agents arrested the elder Bundy on a federal hold. He is being held at Multnomah County Jail.
His booking photo was temporarily withheld by the FBI.
Bundy appeared in U.S. District court at 1:30 p.m. In court documents filed in federal court in the District of Nevada, prosecutors filed charges of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, assault on a federal law enforcement officer, use and carry of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, obstruction of the administration of justice, interference with commerce by extortion and aiding and abetting.
He is accused of leading “hundreds of others in using armed force” against law enforcement in order to achieve their criminal objectives.
The Nevada rancher was at the center of a 2014 armed standoff with federal authorities over grazing rights on government land. His family still owes the federal government $1 million in unpaid grazing fees.
Cliven’s sons Ammon and Ryan are also jailed in Multnomah County. They were arrested along Highway 395 when the FBI intercepted a group of armed occupiers heading to a community meeting in John Day.
They are among over a dozen self-proclaimed patriots facing charges for occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon.