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Seven refuge militants being held in Portland jail

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Courtesy: Multnomah Co. Jail Courtesy: Multnomah Co. Jail
Jon Ritzheimer (Courtesy: Maricopa Co. Sheriff's Office) Jon Ritzheimer (Courtesy: Maricopa Co. Sheriff's Office)

Seven militants who were occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge were arrested on Highway 395 Tuesday and are being held at the Multnomah County Jail in Portland. 

The six men and one woman are being held on a U.S. Marshall's hold, according to officials.

Those arrested were identified Tuesday as Ammon Bundy, 40, of Emmett, Idaho; Ryan C. Bundy, 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada; Brian Cavalier, 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada; Shawna Cox, 59, of Kanab, Utah; Ryan Waylen Payne, 32, of Anaconda, Montana and Peter Santilli, 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio, who was arrested in a separate incident in Burns.

Officials said the militants were transported to the Multnomah County Jail because it is next door to the federal courthouse.

The occupiers are expected to hear the charges filed against them at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

Jon Ritzheimer, 32, who was also at one point involved in the occupation, turned himself in and was arrested in Peoria, Arizona. He faces the same federal felony charges.

Ammon Bundy and several other armed militants had been occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County since Jan. 2 to protest federal land polices.  Bundy and the others were taken into custody following a confrontation with law enforcement Tuesday night. 

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