FBI agents have been busy today. Another one (possibly two) of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s sons was arrested, this time in Utah. According to what David ‘Davey’ Bundy’s wife told The Salt Lake Tribune today, her husband was arrested just after 7:00 a.m. Thursday at the site of the house the Millard County contractor is building for his family just south of Delta.
Marylynn Bundy said she was told of her husband’s arrest by a worker who was blocked from getting to the house by law enforcement.
“I think they are just trying to get all the Bundy men locked up, so they can raid their homes,” Marylynn Bundy said.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada confirmed to the paper that a charging document had been filed against Bundy, but said that it was sealed and the feds did not confirm his arrest.
The feds are busy making arrests today. After his role in the armed standoff in Nevada almost two years ago at the Bundy ranch, tea party activist Jerry DeLemus was arrested on nine federal charges today. He’s also the husband of Rep. Susan DeLemus, a crazy-time New Hampshire Republican lawmaker and co-chair of the state’s “Veterans for Trump” coalition.
Cliven Bundy and his sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy were jailed after organizing the six-week armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon.
They have been indicted on a list of federal charges which include counts of conspiracy, weapon use and possession, assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice and extortion.
“My husband had nothing to do with that Oregon stuff,” said Marylynn Bundy, a mother to his six children.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports:
David Bundy was, however, with his family in Nevada in 2014 when Cliven Bundy’s dispute with the Bureau of Land Management bubbled up into the standoff with federal agents, she said.
David Bundy was arrested and cited for taking a photograph of federal agents who were working to seize the family’s livestock, his wife said.
Marylynn Bundy said she tried to talk to federal officers at her home site on Thursday, but got little cooperation.
“They said they had a warrant for his arrest out of Nevada and that they were just doing their jobs,” she said.
According to the paper, Millard County authorities said they were aware of the FBI operation, but that the county was not involved.
The Citizens for Constitutional Freedom Support Group on Facebook write:
FBI Continues Assault on Bundy Family with Additional Arrest
The Bundy Ranch has just confirmed that MEL BUNDY has also been arrested today by the FBI. This arrest comes in addtion [sic] to today’s arrests of Dave Bundy, Jerry DeLemus, Eric Parker and Steve Stewart.
As of this writing, the following members of the Bundy Family have been arrested by the FBI: Cliven, Ammon, Ryan, Dave and Mel. Each of these men have wives and children still at home. This assault on the Bundy family and the people who supported them against the Bureau of Land Management is an attack on all of us and should send chills down the spine of every liberty-minded American citizen.
We’re trying to confirm that. You’ll remember Eric Parker from this picture which was widely circulated in the media.
If accurate, that makes two more Bundys in jail and two men who seized a bridge nearly two years ago, with at least one of them pointing a rifle at feds.
Someone who appears to be about the same age and name as Parker is listed as a person who was arrested.
— Cheri Wilson (@CTRNewsFeed) March 3, 2016
Twitter user @Gergwatch tweeted this screengrab.
Cheri Roberts tweeted this image to me.
Stewart was on the bridge with Parker during the standoff in Nevada. The tea party-type Facebook group adds that, “Eric Parker is being held at Ada County Jail” in Idaho.
This is probably a really bad idea. We’re just saying.
— Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) March 3, 2016
We’ll update as more info comes in.
UPDATE: The Idaho Statesman just reported that, “Eric James Parker, 32, and Steve Arthur Stewart, 36, both of Hailey, O. Scott Drexler, 44, of Challis, and Todd Engel, 48, of Boundary County were taken into custody, U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson said.”
“This investigation began the day after the assault against federal law enforcement officers and continues to this day,” U.S. Attorney for Nevada Daniel Bogden said in a release. “We will continue to work to identify the assaulters and their role in the assault and the aftermath, in order to ensure that justice is served.”
Big thanks to @ComgenKDT for his help with this post.