Far-right activist Ammon Bundy, who unsuccessfully ran for gubernatorial election against Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little, was reportedly arrested on a pending warrant.
On Bundy's account
“Ammon was arrested at his son's football banquet tonight. If you can, meet up at the Gem County Sheriff's Office in Emmett! continued harassment of such a wonderful man. Thank you,” the post reads, sharing a link to the Idaho Statesman.
KTVB first reported Friday night that Bundy was arrested at an Emmett High School football fundraiser on a contempt warrant related to his lawsuit with St. Luke's Health System. The Statesman, citing a sheriff's office sergeant, reported that Bundy remained incarcerated at the Gem County Jail Saturday.
The sergeant told the newspaper that Bundy's bail had been set at $10,000 and had not been released as of Saturday morning.
Far-right activist AMMON BUNDY has been ordered to pay millions in a defamation lawsuit filed by the IDAHO HOSPITAL
If he doesn't post bail, he'll have to appear before a Gem County judge Monday and then be extradited to Ada County, the sergeant said. District Judge Lynn Norton of the Idaho Fourth Circuit issued an arrest warrant after Bundy allegedly violated orders against witness harassment and intimidation in connection with the now decided lawsuit against St. Luke's Regional Health.
In July, a jury ruled that Bundy — who led the acquisition of a federal wildlife sanctuary in Oregon –, an employee and three of their groups must pay more than $50 million in damages over allegations of child trafficking and molestation of medical workers at a hospital . St. Luke's Regional Health's lawsuit accused Bundy and Diego Rodriguez of making defamatory statements against the hospital and its staff after Rodriguez's young grandson was separated from his family for several days and went to St. Luke's out of concern for his health had been brought.
The emergency doctor Dr. Rachel Thomas testified that the 10-month-old baby's stomach was bloated, his eyes were hollow and he was unable to sit up, which reminded her of severely malnourished babies she had treated in Haiti, according to the statesman.
Police said at the time that medical staff determined the child was malnourished and had lost weight.
AMMON BUNDY was arrested after refusing to leave the IDAHO capital
Bundy responded by urging his supporters to protest at the hospital and the homes of child protection workers, police officers and others involved in the child protection case. Rodriguez wrote on his website that the baby was “kidnapped,” implying that the state and those involved in the case “trafficked children” for profit.
Bundy – who neither attended the trial nor hired a lawyer as it would be too costly – denied in a YouTube video that the baby had been abused and said law enforcement and hospital staff put him at risk by giving him to his mother would have taken away. The baby is healthy except for cyclic vomiting syndrome, Bundy said, and is unable to hold anything down except his mother's breast milk. The hospital said Bundy and Rodriguez staged a smear campaign against it.
Bundy and his People's Rights Network had previously held protests at the Idaho State House against measures related to the coronavirus. In 2020, he was temporarily banned from entering the government building.
In 2016, Bundy led a 41-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, to protest the arson convictions of two ranchers who set fires to state lands where they grazed their livestock . Bundy was acquitted of the allegations in this matter.
The hospital's lawsuit was filed more than a year ago. Since then, Bundy has allegedly ignored court orders related to the lawsuit, filed trespassing charges against those assigned to deliver court documents, and urged scores of his supporters to camp at his home for shelter when he learned that he could be arrested on a warrant for a misdemeanor charge of contempt of court.
In 2014, Bundy's father, rancher Cliven Bundy, was accused of mobilizing supporters to stop officers from confiscating cattle from Bundy Ranch, amid unpaid fees and over $1 million in penalties for doing so Grazing cattle on government property. The criminal case in Nevada ended in a mistrial.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.