BURNS, Ore. (KOIN) — There are allegedly still five militia members occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, which is now surrounded by FBI checkpoints.
The FBI has not confirmed the number of people still there. One of the armed protesters at the refuge, however, was uploading videos and livestreaming footage on his YouTube channel, “DefendYourBase.”
Videos showed a member of the group using an excavator to dig a large hole or trench and later appeared to show people near a campfire at night.
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Federal and state law enforcement authorities have blocked the roads leading to the refuge.
In a statement, the FBI said the containment was to “better ensure the safety of community members.” Only Harney County ranchers who own property in specific areas were allowed to pass after showing IDs.
During a press conference held by the FBI on Wednesday, Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing called on the militia still occupying the refuge to leave.
“If the people at the refuge want to leave, they can do so through the checkpoints where they will be identified. If they have questions or concerns, they can call the negotiators at the number that has been provided to them,” Bretzing said.
Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward also called on them to leave, saying: “This cant happen anymore. It can’t happen in America and it can’t happen in Harney County.”
Ammon Bundy relayed a message to the remaining occupiers through his defense attorney, Mike Arnold. “Please stand down, please stand down,” he said. “Go home and hug your families. This fight is ours for now, in the courts.”
3 arrested leaving refuge Wednesday
From left to right: Jason Patrick, Dylan Anderson and Duane Ehmer were arrested leaving the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, January 27 2016. (MCSO)
Federal authorities arrested 3 more people connected to the Malheur occupation Wednesday afternoon, the FBI announced.
Since Wednesday morning, a total of 8 people left the refuge, the FBI said. Five of them were released and 3 were arrested.
Duane Ehmer, 45, or Irrigon, Oregon andDylan Anderson, 34, of Provo, Utah were arrested at 3:30 p.m. Jason Patrick, 43, of Bonaire, Georgia was arrested on probable cause at 7:40 p.m., the FBI said.
All 3 were reportedly in contact with the FBI and chose to turn themselves in at a checkpoint outside the refuge.
They were all arrested without incident. They each face one federal felony count of 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.