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Cliven Bundy arrested at Portland International Airport

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Cliven Bundy, jail booking photo (Photo: Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office) Cliven Bundy, jail booking photo (Photo: Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office)

Federal officials confirmed they arrested Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy as he arrived in Portland late Wednesday night.

Bundy is the father of wildlife refuge protest leaders Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy, who were both arrested Jan. 26.

The FBI said Bundy was taken into custody around 11 p.m. as he arrived at Portland International Airport. 

Federal prosecutors in Las Vegas are charging Cliven Bundy with conspiracy, assault on a federal officer, obstruction and other crimes.

A criminal complaint filed Thursday stems from Cliven Bundy's role at the center of a tense April 2014 armed standoff with federal officials near his ranch in Nevada.

It involved self-styled Bundy militia supporters pointing military-style weapons at federal agents trying to enforce a court order to round up Bundy cattle from federal rangeland near his ranch.

"On April 12, 2014, (Cliven) Bundy and his co-conspirators organized and led a massive armed assault against federal law enforcement officers in and around Bunkerville, Nevada, in order to extort the officers into abandoning approximately 400 head of cattle that were in their lawful care and custody," the criminal complaint states. 

Cliven Bundy had posted on Facebook Wednesday that he was traveling from Nevada to Oregon after he learned the FBI was moving in on the remaining protesters at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon. 

He is being held in the Multnomah County Jail. 

The Bundy Ranch posted on Facebook early Thursday morning announcing the arrest of Bundy. 

The U.S. Department of Justice said Cliven Bundy will be appearing in court in Portland at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The four people remaining at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge turned themselves in to the FBI on Thursday morning. 

Copyright 2016 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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