More armed men visit Oregon refuge standoff, then leave

Posted at 10:16 AM, Jan 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-10 10:16:09-05

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — A group of armed men from around the Pacific Northwest who arrived at the occupied national wildlife refuge in Oregon on Saturday morning, left on Saturday afternoon after the people leading the occupation told them they were not needed.

Todd MacFarlane, a Utah lawyer acting as a mediator, said occupation leader Ammon Bundy didn’t want the armed visitors there and was concerned about the perception they conveyed.

The Oregonian reports Bundy told them they didn’t need the security services the group was offering. MacFarlane says Bundy and the other leaders of the occupation were “alarmed” by the arrival of the Pacific Patriot Network members, some of whom were carrying rifles.