FBI makes more arrests related to 2014 Bunkerville confrontation

FBI agents are arresting more people in the investigation into the April 2014 armed standoff with law enforcement near the Bunkerville ranch of Cliven Bundy.

Federal authorities could not immediately be reached for comment, but the arrests appear to be part of a nationwide roundup.

A new 63-page federal indictment returned in Las Vegas Wednesday was unsealed in New Hampshire this morning revealing roughly 14 more defendants. Most of the new names of the defendants were blacked out.

One defendant, Gerald DeLemus, was arrested in New Hampshire, court records show.

DeLemus, 61, a former U.S. Marine, was accused of being a “mid-level leader” and organizer who recruited armed Bundy followers for the standoff. Hundreds of Bundy supporters showed up at his ranch.

DeLemus, who was at the ranch the day of the April 12, 2014, showdown with BLM and National Park Service rangers, is the husband of a New Hampshire Republican state representative.

The Bundy family’s Twitter account this morning said Cliven Bundy’s son Dave was arrested in Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune later reported that his wife had confirmed his arrest early this morning near Delta, Utah, where he was building a home. His name does not appear on the new Las Vegas indictment.

Two other people, Bundy family bodyguards Brian Cavalier and Blaine Cooper, were also among those indicted. Both are in federal custody in Portland, Ore., where they face charges in connection with another armed standoff at a wildlife refuge in that state. Both are alleged to be “mid-level” leaders in the Nevada standoff.

Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and two supporters were originally indicted by a federal grand jury in Las Vegas on Feb. 17.

They each face 16 felony counts, including extortion, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer and assault on a federal officer.

All five men who were earlier arrested were described in a 51-page indictment as the leaders of the “massive armed assault” against federal officers a few miles from the Bundy ranch on April 12, 2014. The Bundys used “deceit and deception” to lure followers across the country to Bundy’s call to arms, the indictment alleged.

The confrontation aimed to force federal officials to abandon about 400 cattle they had rounded up under court orders, according to the indictment. The Bundy family had been illegally grazing cattle on federal public lands for more than 20 years.

Bundy, 69, is in federal custody and has been ordered transported to Las Vegas to face the charges. He was arrested in Portland last month on his way to support the wildlife refuge standoff in Eastern Oregon. His sons are in custody in Portland on charges stemming from the occupation of the refuge.

The new Las Vegas indictment repeats much of the allegations contained in the original charging document.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Jeff German at jgerman@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-8135. Find him on Twitter: @JGermanRJ


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