At long last, after spending two weeks begging for Miracle Whip and tampons in an Oregon wildlife refuge, one of the armed militia LARPers finally got arrested by local law enforcement. Not because he was illegally occupying a government building, mind you—but because he took one of the feds’ vehicles for a joyride to the local Safeway.
Apparently, 62-year-old Kenneth Medenbach was arrested while sitting in a federal vehicle (presumably taken from his newfound home at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge). From The Oregonian:
[Medenbach] was arrested in the Safeway parking lot in one vehicle bearing federal government license plates. A second federal vehicle was parked next to him, but the man police suspect of driving that into town already had gone into the grocery before police arrived.
Both vehicles — a pickup and a passenger van, bore door signs reading “Harney County Resource Center.” That’s the new name occupiers have given to the bird sanctuary they occupy, which is about 30 miles southeast of Burns.
This isn’t Medenbach’s first arrest; he was previous convicted for “illegally camping” in a national forest, where he apparently tried to “protect his forest campsite with fifty to a hundred pounds of the explosive ammonium sulfate, a pellet gun, and what appeared to be a hand grenade with trip wires.” So it’s only natural that he’s holed himself up in the Bundy’s latest crusade.
According to The Oregonian, news of the arrest “spread through the compound and some of the occupiers hopped in cars to head toward town when they heard.” For all our sakes, let’s hope they didn’t learn from their buddy’s mistake.
[h/t Talking Points Memo]