CEDAR CITY – Ryan Bundy, Cliven Bundy’s oldest son, was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly got into a scuffle with Iron County Sheriff’s deputies when they tried to serve him with a warrant.
Ryan Bundy, 42, who has property in Cedar City, was approached by deputies on his way out of court Tuesday after he had appeared in Iron County Justice Court for an unrelated 2013 incident where he was charged with a class B misdemeanor for responsibility for a nuisance.
“I got a summons to go to court in Cedar City on some kind of nuisance charge,” Ryan Bundy, of Bunkerville, Nevada, said during an interview Wednesday. “It (the paperwork) says it stems from having a vehicle stored on my property without proper registration. I don’t know what the heck they’re talking about.”
Authorities said the warrant was for failing to appear in a 2014 case where Ryan Bundy was charged with interfering with an animal control officer.
Ryan Bundy is the oldest of Cliven Bundy’s 14 children.
Cliven Bundy is the Bunkerville rancher who became a political celebrity because of his April feud and standoff with the Bureau of Land Management.
When told about the warrant, Bundy “both verbally and physically resisted the deputies’ attempts to take him into custody,” said Iron County Sheriff’s Sgt. Nik Johnson.
It took several deputies to get the situation under control, said Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower.
“At that time he (Ryan Bundy) told officers ‘that’s not going to happen today.’ He immediately began fighting with them,” Gower said. “It took several deputies but they were able to overcome him and arrested him.”
Deputy Kellen Hudson suffered minor injuries but is reported to be OK, Gower said.
Ryan Bundy said “all of a sudden they bring up some other charge, some interfering charge, from a couple of years ago or something. I didn’t recognize what they were talking about.”
“They asked me to make some kind of a plea or something and I said I’m not going to plead to anything until I know what it’s all about so they threw me in jail,” Bundy said. “Anyway, so I see the judge today (Wednesday) and she just said ‘Oh, we’re sorry,” and then they just let me go.”
Bundy said the court set a date he has to appear.
“When it comes right down to it, I don’t know what they’re talking about and I don’t think they do either,” he said.