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Additional Occupiers in the Armed Takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Scheduled to Make Initial Appearances on Federal Conspiracy Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Oregon
Arrests Are Made In Six Western States Early Today

PORTLAND, Ore – Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, announced  that nine additional individuals have been charged by federal indictment and seven have been arrested today in relation to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon.  The defendants, listed below are scheduled to make appearances in federal court, throughout six different states, today and tomorrow.  Two of the defendants remain at large.  Each defendant is charged in the indictment with one felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats.

The indictment charges the defendants below:

Blaine Cooper, 36, of Humboldt, Arizona

Wesley Kjar, 32, of Utah

Corey Lequieu, 44, of Fallon, Nevada

Neil Wampler, 68, of Los Osos, California

Jason Charles Blomgren, 41, of Murphy, North Carolina

Darryl William Thorn, 31, of  Marysville, Washington

Eric Lee Flores, 22, of Tuallip Washington


All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  See the indictment attached. 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ethan Knight and Geoffrey Barrow.

Updated February 11, 2016