Fry now in FBI custody after leaving refuge

Posted at 12:03 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 19:20:30-05

The last Oregon protester, David Fry, has left the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge peacefully and is now in FBI custody following several tense hours of negotiation over the phone.

Fry told FBI agents over the phone that the word "Hallelujah" was to be shouted if he left which agents agreed to.

Over a live stream through Youtube, Fry sounded relieved while walking out to the shouts of "Hallelujah" and was taken into custody.

Fry expressed his anger about the federal government prior to leaving the refuge citing the unfairness of marijuana laws, police harassment, Syria and other issues.

Fry spoke for several hours with radio host KrisAnne Hall and Gavin Seim and at one point threatened his own life claiming he had a gun pointed at his head.  

Fry repeated multiple times before surrendering that he was not going to jail and feared being raped if he was convicted and taken to prison.

The FBI took the following people into custody at approximately 9:40 a.m before Fry's arrest:

-Sean Larry Anderson, age 47, of Riggins, Idaho

-Sandra Lynn Anderson, age 48, of Riggins, Idaho

-Jeff Wayne Banta, age 46, of Yerington, Nevada

The FBI issued the following in a statement:

"Agents arrested the remaining four occupiers as they walked out of the refuge to the FBI checkpoint. Those arrested will face arraignment before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Portland on Friday, February 12, 2016.

At times, there were dozens of highly armed militants occupying, visiting and supplying the refuge. On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, a federal grand jury indicted 16 people:

Dylan Wade Anderson, age 34, of Provo, Utah
Sandra Lynn Anderson, age 48, of Riggins, Idaho
Sean Larry Anderson, age 47, of Riggins, Idaho
Jeff Wayne Banta, age 46, of Yerington, Nevada
Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
Duane Leo Ehmer, age 45, of Irrigon, Oregon
David Lee Fry, age 27, of Blanchester, Ohio
Kenneth Medenbach, age 62, of Crescent, Oregon
Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, age 45, of Cottonwood, Arizona
Jason S. Patrick, age 43, of Bonaire, Georgia
Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana
Jon Eric Ritzheimer, age 32, Peoria, Arizona
Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio

Each subject faces 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."

“The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge has been a long and traumatic episode for the citizens of Harney County and the members of the Burns Paiute tribe. It is a time for healing, reconciliation amongst neighbors and friends, and allowing for life to get back to normal. I want to thank our neighbors in eastern Oregon for their patience, resolve, and their kind and welcoming spirit to the many members of federal, county, state, local, and tribal law enforcement who have worked tirelessly to bring this illegal occupation to a conclusion. The fine work of so many dedicated public servants in a difficult endeavor cannot be understated. I am very proud of them all,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney, District of Oregon.

The Oregon standoff began Jan. 2 when Ammon Bundy and his followers took over the refuge south of Burns to protest prison terms for two local ranchers accused of setting fires on federal lands, and to demand that the refuge be handed over to local residents.