PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Jon Ritzheimer, the self-described extremist and gun ownership activist whose YouTube video spawned the Twitter hashtag #DaddySworeAnOath, arrived in Portland Friday after being extradited from Arizona.
Ritzheimer surrendered to federal officials in Arizona — where he lives — on January 26. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on a US Marshals hold around 1 p.m. Friday.
Also booked into the Multnomah County facility on Friday was Corey Lequieu, one of the last to be named in a federal indictment. The 45-year-old was also booked around 1 p.m. Friday. And Jeff Banta, one of the final 4 occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was released and then re-booked within minutes over an unspecified connection in Columbia County. Banta, 46, had a new mug shot taken.
Ritzheimer, 32, faces the same federal felony charge as the others taken into custody: conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.
He was among the first arrested, surrendering the same night brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy were arrested, along with Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox and Ryan Waylen Payne in a traffic stop along Hwy 395.
Ritzheimer came to Harney County to be with the militia and left his family behind to do so. He also left a video on YouTube about what he was doing, where he was going and why he felt he had to go, That video spawned the hashtag #DaddySworeAnOath.
In a profile story posted Jan. 5, the Washington Post described Ritzheimer as “a patriotically tattooed Marine from Arizona with a penchant for posting melodramatic videos online (who no one knew) was passionate about federal land disputes. What he has displayed extreme passion for is Muslims. Namely, expressing his contempt for them and their beliefs.”
But he posted a Facebook video shortly before he surrendered and asked people to donate to his legal fund.