19-year-old Bend man arrested for child abuse at daycare

A 14-month-old baby was seriously injured after he was left in the care of a 19-year-old Bend man on Wednesday, according to Bend Police.  

On Wednesday afternoon, officers were dispatched to a pediatric medical clinic regarding an injured infant. 

The infant had possibly life-threatening injuries, which included restricted blood and airflow due to strangulation, along with visible injuries to his head, mouth and body, police said.

After an investigation, police discovered the infant had been in the care of an unlicensed daycare provider while he was injured. 

Police discovered 19-year-old Joseph Bernhardt, the boyfriend of the daycare provider, had been left to care for the baby for around 45 minutes on Wednesday. 

Bend detectives searched the unlicensed daycare center, which was located at 2767 NE Broken Bow.  

The residents of the home are cooperating with investigators, police said.

Bernhardt and his girlfriend live in Bend but don’t live at the house where the alleged abuse happened. 

Bernhardt was arrested and charged with strangulation, criminal mistreatment, first-degree assault and third-degree assault. 

▶️ Local leaders denied in effort to broker an Oregon solution to federal issue


Local leaders tried through various channels to influence the detention of two men arrested by ICE that sparked yesterday’s 10-hour protest about racial injustice.

Central Oregon Daily News spoke with Deschutes County’s DA and a city councilor about their efforts to negotiate with federal police for a peaceful resolution.

It began about noon when word spread that two local men had been taken into custody and placed in unmarked buses.

Within a few hours, a crowd of more than 250 people surrounded the buses preventing them from leaving.

“People were saying ‘do something, do something.’ But first I had to gather facts,” said John Hummel, Deschutes County District Attorney.

Hummel spoke to local police and federal agents to understand it was a federal operation and that local police did not support or collaborate.

In an effort to defuse tensions, he offered to answer protestors’ questions about the charges against the detainees, but ICE refused to share the information.

At that point, Hummel, Bend Mayor Sally Russell, and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown began asking their Homeland Security contacts for help.

“Everyone we spoke to said ‘That decision is being made at a higher level.’ We got very high up in the chain and that person told us ‘Look, the decision is being made at the highest level of government.’ We said how high? They said ‘The highest level of government.’ I took that to mean Chad Wolf, Attorney General Barr and/or president of the United States.”

Today, Brown tweeted she was “appalled by the callous actions of the Trump administration in Bend to target immigrant communities and forcefully disperse a crowd of concerned community members and clergy who, for hours, held the line against injustice.”

Bend City Councilor Barb Campbell took an entirely different approach: She parked her personal vehicle immediately behind one of the ICE buses to prevent it from leaving and joined the protest.

Another city councilor, Gena Goodman-Campbell, shuttled information back and forth between police and protestors in an effort to keep everyone informed.

“I want people to know that their representatives, at least one of them, speaking for myself, that I am here and I understand just how upset people are,” Barb Campbell said.

Today Campbell is getting mixed reactions from constituents on her involvement in the protest.

“Seems to be far more appreciative of my efforts; appreciative that I am out on the streets with the people. There are certainly people who are not happy, telling me they can’t wait until 2022 so they can vote me out,” she said.

Hummel said it became apparent ICE and DHS were not interested in working with state or local officials to try to broker a peaceful resolution to the standoff.

“They wanted a violent response. Their goal was a violent response. Their goal was to send in the federal troops from Seattle and Portland. That was their end game and that is what disgusted me about this.”

Hummel said he’s not received any reports of crimes committed by federal agents or protesters.

He encourages anyone who believes their rights were denied to file a report with local police for review.

▶️ Bend woman recalls fear of husband’s deportation as ICE whisk away men


For Krystal Loverin, a bilingual legal assistant with the Bend Immigration Group, the protests in Bend yesterday hit close to home.

Her own husband was an undocumented immigrant for 14 years before he became an American citizen.

“My twelve-year-old daughter is Mexican-American,” Loverin said. “Mia and I went down there at 5:30, 5:45.”

Loverin recorded her experiences on Facebook Live.

“The instructions were for everyone to remain calm,” Loverin said. “Sit down, don’t be aggressive, don’t engage. The agents just swarmed in like that. I mean, I turned around one second you didn’t see them and all of a sudden you have a whole line of them in SWAT gear.”

Loverin said she was sprayed with some sort of white liquid, which she thinks could have been pepper spray by the way it burned her eyes.

“At that point I retreated because I had a 12-year-old daughter behind me who was in tears, upset that children weren’t going to have their father with them,” Loverin said.

Loverin and her daughter said they watched as two men were taken away by federal agents.

Even though her husband is now an American citizen, Loverin said the incident felt personal for both her and her daughter.

“The trauma of being a child of an undocumented immigrant is huge,” Loverin said. “You never know if your parent is coming home from work. She just stood there asking why, ‘why are you doing this, why are you dividing this family, why are you taking this dad away?’”

▶️ Bend Police Chief applauds peaceful protest; defends deferring situation to feds


It’s only Michael Krantz’s fourth day on the job and already Bend’s newest police chief has come face to face with protestors…some who have challenged his record confronting protests in Portland.

But Krantz says Bend PD’s presence at Wednesday’s protest was for safety reasons and they had no intention of assisting federal authorities.

“I asked a community member if I could use the bullhorn so I could address the crowd and address the community directly and tell them thank you for coming out and being peaceful,” Krantz said.

That peace lasted, Krantz said, throughout the evening, which is part of the reason no arrests were made.

“A peaceful crowd who was expressing their first amendment rights and doing it the way we expected to do it in Bend, is not really the place for an arrest,” Krantz said.

Despite claims local law enforcement was there ensure people remained safe, when federal agents arrived later in the evening, Bend Police left the immediate area.

That’s when protestors say they were shoved and pepper-sprayed by federal authorities.

“We pulled away for two reasons,” said Krantz. “We just went around the corner to give the federal agents room and to not be interfered with and not anyone else and to ensure that there was no confusion that we were a part of any actions they were taking. And there is also concern that if we step in and interfere that we would then be potentially liable for violating federal law for interfering with a federal investigation.”

Krantz added that he’s proud of the community as a whole for supporting each other and remaining non-violent.

“That’s really the message is that this was an example of how to provide the Bend community of what these events can look like,” Krantz said.

New Bend PD Chief issues statement addressing response to ICE protest

OHA reports 294 new COVID cases; 18 in Central Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority reported 294 new and presumptive cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 22,300.

Eight new deaths were reported to bring the death toll to 383.

One of the deaths reported Thursday was an 85-year-old Deschutes County man who was a resident at Mt. Bachelor Memory Care. His death, the eighth linked to an outbreak at the assisted living facility, was reported locally on Wednesday.

In all, 11 Deschutes County residents have died from COVID complications.

The county has reported 621 COVID cases; 405 patients have recovered.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (5), Clackamas (14), Columbia (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (4), Hood River (2), Jackson (16), Jefferson (13), Josephine (2), Klamath (2), Lane (7), Lincoln (7), Linn (4), Malheur (12), Marion (35), Morrow (6), Multnomah (84), Polk (6), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (20), Union (2), Wasco (2), Washington (36), and Yamhill (9).

Crook County has reported 51 cases and 1 death; Jefferson County has reported 392 cases and four deaths.

St. Charles on Thursday reported 10 COVID patients; two are in the ICU and on ventilators.

Bend-La Pine Schools plans virtual town hall to answer questions about fall

Bend-La Pine Schools Interim Superintendent Lora Nordquist will hold a virtual town hall next week to answer some of the most frequent questions about the district’s return to online learning this fall.

On Friday, parents should get communication from their schools, which will include a school-specific survey Nordquist said is critical for planning the upcoming year.

The Virtual Town Hall is planned for Wednesday, August 19th. The video will be recorded and shared with families on the district website as well.

English – Wednesday, August 19 at 4 p.m.
Spanish – Wednesday, August 19 at 6 p.m.
We hope to share recordings of these town halls with families on our district website.

You can read the rest of Nordquist’s note to parents below:

New Oregon Department of Education Guidance and Special Education

On Aug. 11, Oregon Department of Education released updated guidance that opens up more opportunities for onsite limited in-person instruction. While we still need to review this new guidance, this is great news for our students that experience disability and will be an important complement to Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) for all this fall. During CDL, special education services will be delivered through co-teaching, virtual class/small group instruction, and tele-health (for clinical service such as speech-language, occupational therapy, physical therapy). The addition of onsite limited in-person instruction will assist teachers and specialists in providing specially designed instruction and related services to some students. Further, we will be able to provide in-person special education evaluation/assessment services. We will have more information and specifics in the next few weeks, as we learn more about the requirements for onsite limited in-person instruction.

In the meantime, our special programs leadership team has been planning for fall CDL and share the following updates:

  • Special programs teacher leaders are developing standards of practice. This will help ensure that teams are operating under the same set of guidelines and that students will get more predictable levels of service.
  • A team of school psychologists and speech pathologists are planning procedures for in-person assessment and evaluations under the state’s guidance.
  • Speech and language services will continue to be offered via tele-health. We saw great success with the tele-health model last spring.
  • We learned much last spring about how best to utilize our inclusion educational assistants (EA) in support of learning and will incorporate that into our fall training. EAs are essential for us to support students during distance learning, just as they are when we are in person.
  • Our team of educators now have better knowledge on how to adapt and change methodologies in order to provide specially designed instruction and related services.
  • We are able to plan and train special programs staff in conjunction with regular education staff. You can expect to see common learning management systems and platforms and we plan to train parents on how to utilize these tools. Our hope is that students and families will have a more seamless experience.
  • You can expect that Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings will be held via WebEx until we are able to restore typical school operations.

Comprehensive Distance Learning and Bend-La Pine Schools Online
In my August 4 email update to families, I shared information about the fall’s Comprehensive Distance Learning and Bend-La Pine Schools Online options for student learning. To help address questions more completely, please see this side-by-side comparison chart for details.

OSAA Sports and Activities Update

Athletics and activities are an important part of the school experience for many of our students in Bend-La Pine Schools and are an integral part of our school cultures and identities. Wednesday, Aug. 5, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) announced a modified athletic calendar for 2020-21.

Below is a brief synopsis/overview of the OSAA athletic calendars for the 2020-21 school year:

Season 1: Aug. 31 to Dec. 27, details to come at a later date
Winter Sports (season 2):Dec. 28 to March 7
Fall Sports (season 3):Feb. 22 to May 2 (football will run slightly longer through 5/9)
Spring Sports (season 4): April 19 to June 27
Activities Season: Cheerleading Feb. 22 to March 14; Dance and Drill March 9 to April 18; Speech April 5 to April 25; Solo Music April 12 to May 2; Choir April 19 to May 9; Band and Orchestra April 26 to May 16
With the start of the association year on Aug. 31, we currently remain focused on navigating Season 1. With local control over Season 1, we understand it will not be a “one size fits all” approach as Bend-La Pine Schools’ Season 1 could look very different from that of neighboring school districts.

As we continue to follow guidance from the Governor’s office, OSAA, Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and Oregon Department of Education (ODE), along with the OSAA sports medicine advisory committee, our goal will be to make the best decisions possible in safely supporting athletics and activities at middle and high schools within our school district.

We are currently working on plans with our schools’ athletic departments and administration and will have updates and announcements to our programs in the coming weeks. For updated information, stay connected with your coaches, athletic departments, athletic directors, and school.

For more from OSAA, visit http://www.osaa.org/coronavirus

You can find additional information about our plans to return to school, and Frequently Asked Questions on our Return to School webpage. Thank you, families, for your continued support during this time.


Lora Nordquist, Interim Superintendent

New Bend PD Chief issues statement addressing response to ICE protest

Bend Police Chief Michael Krantz issued a lengthy statement Thursday afternoon detailing his department’s handling of an ICE arrest of two men a day earlier and the response of federal agents sent to disperse a crowd of protesters.

Anyssa Bohanan spoke with the new chief this afternoon and we’ll have more from that interview tonight at 5 p.m.

You can read the entire letter below:

First and foremost, I know that the events that occurred yesterday in our community were traumatic, and I want everyone to know that I feel and I have heard the pain this has caused for many members in our community and especially to the families who had their loved ones taken away. 

I want to express my gratitude to the Bend community for providing an example to the rest of our communities and our nation of what a peaceful First Amendment event looks like.  The right to express yourself through peaceful expressions of free speech is a tantamount right of our United States and Oregon Constitutions. 

Last night’s event at the 500 block of SW Industrial Way was an example of our community organizing and managing an event that remained overall peaceful. We observed numerous examples of community members that could have changed the overall tone of the event. However, our own community members worked to keep the event peaceful. Thank you.

We also understand that some community members do not feel safe from federal authorities. There is a tension between our role in maintaining safety and the fact that federal authorities are allowed to operate in Bend. While we cannot prevent federal authorities from operating, we are focused on doing whatever we can to keep our community safe.

We know many people have unanswered questions about what happened yesterday. Responses specific to the Bend Police Department,  are detailed below.

The Bend Police Department received a notification to the dispatch center in the early morning hours of August 11, 2020, from a Department of Homeland Security agent that they were in an area of Bend conducting an investigation.  The details of this investigation were not specific to us, and there is no obligation or requirement that the federal investigators share this information with us.  It is common for federal agencies to notify local agencies when they are in the area conducting investigations, however there is not typically detailed information released regarding those investigations. 

Later in the day, we received a call for service of a suspicious circumstance of a vehicle parked in a neighborhood.  Bend Police responded. Upon contact, we determined that the vehicle was occupied by a federal investigator, at which point we left the scene.  The vehicle was not one of the buses in yesterday’s event. No other information was learned from this contact.

In the early morning hours of August 12, 2020, we received a notification to the dispatch center that federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security were in Bend conducting an investigation.  No additional details were provided to us, which is standard for federal investigators, as they have no obligation to notify or work with local departments.

On August 12, 2020, in the early afternoon at about 1:07 pm, the Bend Police Department received a call for service in the rear parking lot of a hotel at the 500 block of SW Industrial Way.  We learned federal agents were trying to move buses and were being blocked by 25-30 people, and that three federal agents were armed.  Based on this information, Bend Police Officers responded to the area.  Because of the unknown overall nature of this call, we sent resources from patrol and any other available officers.  At that time, Bend Police Department had several members actively participating in a training exercise for their assignment to the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) who responded to the scene as well.  The Bend Police Department had both uniform patrol officers and officers assigned to the CERT team on scene at this point.Some were dressed in normal uniforms and some were in their gear they were training in, which were green uniforms with all their CERT assigned gear.  These are what are community members identify as SWAT teams.

I arrived on scene very quickly with several other members of the Bend Police Department command staff. We quickly assessed the situation and learned that this was a first amendment event. Members of our community were blocking the path of two DHS transport buses that contained DHS agents, federal contractor employees and two people who were in their custody.  We learned that these were agents from the immigration office of DHS and that they had two detainees on board the buses.  We also learned the overall event appeared to be peaceful and that all of our resources on scene were not necessary.  We took quick action to pull our officers out of the area and just to maintain a visible presence to provide for life safety and community safety.  I also immediately found resources to replace the officers that arrived on scene from CERT training in green uniforms. 

I realize the visible presence of officers on scene of a peaceful event in this specialized gear – typically used for response to an active threat situation – caused a lot of fear and anxiety in our community. I am sorry to our community for increasing this anxiety.  I realized this immediately, and did pull these officers out of the area as soon as possible in an effort to deescalate any anxiety or fear that this may have caused.

Then, Wednesday afternoon, I began reaching out to multiple federal executives in an effort to get information about what specifically was occurring and the specifics of the people in custody on the bus.  I was told that the agents were assigned to the enforcement and operation unit in DHS and they had two people in custody for immigration warrants with underlying criminal charges.  I assessed the situation and did not find any reasons to believe we needed to act quickly for any life safety issues.  This gave us the ability to continue to set up our response and gather additional information.  Ultimately we learned that the two people being detained were in custody for an administrative detention and removal warrant. DHS refused to provide additional information of who the detained people were or if there were any additional criminal charges.   

Once this information was gathered,  I applied Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820, specifically section 1 to this event.

The state law reads, No law enforcement agency of the State of Oregon or of any political subdivision of the state shall use agency moneys, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. 

When Bend became Welcoming City in 2017 we reaffirmed our alignment with state law and Bend Police Departmental policy reflects these same values. We do not assist federal authorities on matters that only involved immigration issues, and we did not assist federal authorities yesterday.

After evaluating the information available, I gave directions to maintain a small group of officers at the scene and to be visible, protect life safety issues and to provide a safe space for expression of speech.  The objectives I set for our members were to;

  1. Maintain uniform presence on scene for public safety/life safety response.
  2. Allow for expression of free speech.
  3. Maintain lines of communication between police department and any members of the community groups that wish to communicate.
  4. Maintain a friendly and accessible demeanor.

I continued to have contact with DHS executives and I advised them that Bend PD was maintaining a presence for safety only, and that we would not assist them in any of their detention efforts, including removing persons in custody from their bus and moving them to another transport vehicle.  I spent the afternoon and night interacting with federal officials, Mayor Sally Russell, City Council members in Bend, City Manager Eric King, the City Attorney’s Office, partner agencies, and community members working to deescalate the event and come to a safe outcome for all community members.

Ultimately, the DHS made the decision that if we were unable to assist them, they would be required to dispatch one of their teams to remove their personnel, employees and person in custody off their buses.  I advised them that I would share this information and let our community know that the federal agents would be arriving to remove the people off the transport buses.  I advised federal officials that the people that who were present were peaceful, expressing their free speech.  I also told them that there were many families with children in the groups and this was an overall peaceful event with no aggressive activities currently.  I did acknowledge that at the very beginning of the event, a person was involved in attempting to flatten tires on one of the buses.  This action stopped quickly and that person left the area. 

I decided Bend Police would maintain our visual presence for overall life safety of all of our community and that if federal agents arrived we would not be assisting in their efforts of removal and detention.    

From this time on, until the federal agents arrived on scene, the Bend Police Department stayed on scene, at a distance, for safety to our community.

Myself, Mayor Russell, City Manager Eric King, District Attorney John Hummel and other City officials went directly to the event and I spoke with our community and thanked them for keeping this peaceful.  I offered information to our community that federal agents would be arriving on scene soon and that they would be removing people off of the buses.  I asked our community members and organizers to help keep the event peaceful.  These community members were essential partners.

Once the federal agents arrived on scene, Bend PD members, moved away further from the event to ensure we were not assisting or perceived to be involved in the federal actions.  I am aware that the federal agents removed the people off the buses.  I have had no communications with them since then regarding their actions, and I have no information as to what specifically they did to accomplish removing people off of the buses.  Once they removed people, the agents left and community members began to leave the area. 

Bend PD continued to monitor the event and the remained with an increased presence in the Old Mill area to ensure overall community safety.  Later in the evening, we were made aware that federal agents had returned and removed the buses that were in the parking lot.  The Bend Police Department did not assist in the removal of the buses and did not have any advance information that the buses would be removed.   

Today, I spent time with members of our community affected by this event and began to hear about their experience from yesterday. I will continue to build on the relationships with partners in our community. I stand with you, and share your interest in finding solutions.

Judge denies request to keep Bend men arrested by ICE in Oregon; deportation on hold


A federal judge on Thursday denied a temporary restraining order that sought to keep the two men detained by ICE in Bend on Wednesday in the state of Oregon.

The Innovation Law Lab, a non-profit legal service in Portland, filed the temporary restraining order – arguing they were denied access to their clients during the standoff between protesters and federal agents in Bend.

After hearing arguments from attorneys for both the Innovation Law Lab and the Department of Homeland Security, Judge Karin J. Immergut denied the motion.

Immergut ruled the Innovation Law Lab failed to prove they had both standing in the case and that the men arrested had suffered irreparable harm.

However, Immergut did not dismiss the complaint outright.

She set a hearing for September 3rd for both sides to make further arguments.  She also asked DHS attorneys for assurance the men would not be deported prior to the hearing.

An attorney for DHS said the men have likely already been transferred to the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, after a stop at a detention center in the Dalles.

Family and friends have identified the men as Marco Zeferino and Josue Arturo Cruz Sanchez.  In court, they were only referred to by their initials – which did align with the names provided by family and friends.

The men were arrested by ICE agents Wednesday morning on their way to work.

Hundreds of protesters learned of their arrest and blocked the ICE transport buses from leaving the area.

A 10-hour standoff ended around 11:15 p.m. when federal agents with the U.S. Border Patrol arrived in riot gear, pushed their way through the crowd and stormed the buses removing the men inside.

Homeland Security issued a statement Thursday on the arrests.

“ICE continues to target public safety threats and immigration violators,” said Homeland Security Investigations Spokeswoman Tonya Roman. “The two individuals arrested by ICE have criminal records that include convictions for assault, harassment, coercion, and criminal trespassing.

“They are also repeat immigration violators who were previously encountered by U.S. immigration officials and granted voluntary return to their home countries.”

Bend city officials on Wednesday said the agents had warrants for the arrests, but it’s unclear what those warrants were for.

Erin Carter, an attorney with the Bend Immigration Group, said it doesn’t matter what the charges are.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has the authority to pick up non-citizens regardless of their criminal record.

Many times it is a criminal record that prompts ice to take enforcement action against an individual,” she said. “Historically enforcement priorities by ICE were very clear under previous administrations.”

Oregon court records show Sanchez has a criminal record in Deschutes County dating back to 2015 for various offenses including speeding, driving while uninsured, and operating a vehicle without driving privileges.

In 2018 he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and felony coercion for injuring a woman and threatening more harm if she left him. He was sentenced to two years probation.

In February 2019 he pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal trespassing for unlawfully entering a residence.

In May 2019 he pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault charges stemming from an incident in November 2018; he’s scheduled for a jury trial in January.

Zeferino Rios admitted in 2019 to an attempt to commit a Class B misdemeanor – one attorney tells us that’s not even classified as a crime – in regard to a harassment claim.

Gofundme pages have been set up for the two men and their families, who Carter said have lived in Central Oregon for years.

We have reached out to the organizer of both and have not been able to verify her relationship with either of the two men.



La Pine pair arrested for assault, trespassing; dog killed after attacking homeowner

A Sunriver-area man shot and killed a pit bull in self-defense Wednesday after the two people walking the dog trespassed on his property and started an argument, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

The dog owner, 19-year-old Jessica Sunderman of La Pine, was charged with fourth-degree assault and second-degree criminal trespassing. Her companion, 23-year-old Dakota Pyatt, was also charged with second-degree trespassing.

Sgt. William Bailey said deputies were dispatched to a dispute involving gunfire around 7:30 p.m. at the 1400 block of S. Century Drive near Sunriver.

Deputies learned that Sunderman and Pyatt had left the area in a white pickup, heading toward Sunriver.

A Sunriver PD officer first spotted the truck at  7:41 pm on S. Century Dr. near milepost 13.

An Oregon State trooper and a DCSO deputy arrived shortly thereafter.

The pair was detained and authorities found a deceased pit bull in the truck.

During the subsequent investigation, deputies determined Pyatt and Sunderman had walked their pit bull near S. Century Drive.

During their walk, they were contacted by a property owner and told they were trespassing on private property.

Sunderman walked further onto the property to approach and argue with the woman who owned the property, Bailey said.

A physical altercation ensued soon after when Sunderman attacked the woman.

A second man on the property tried to intervene and Pyatt began arguing with him.

Bailey said during the dispute, Sunderman and Pyatt’s pit bull bit attacked the man, who was armed with a pistol and fired several rounds at the dog, killing it.

Sunderman and Pyatt collected their dog and left the area in their truck.

It was determined Pyatt and Sunderman were the primary aggressors and trespassed onto private property.

Deputies determined the male on the private property used his firearm in self-defense after being attacked by the pit bull.

Both Sunderman and Pyat were arrested by criminal citation and not taken to jail.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in this incident.

This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are being considered.

▶️ Feds say 2 men detained by ICE in Bend had violent criminal history; no details given


The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday said the two men arrested by ICE agents in Bend Wednesday, prompting a 12-hour protest that blocked their transport buses, had a history of “criminal violent behavior.”

“The law enforcement activity in Bend, Oregon is part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s mission to arrest criminal aliens presenting a danger to public safety and take them off the street,” Homeland Security Investigations Spokeswoman Tanya Roman said. “The two individuals arrested each had a history of criminal violent behavior.”

Two men, identified by family and friends as Marco Zeferino and Josue Arturo Cruz Sanchez, were allegedly arrested by ICE agents around 7 a.m. on their way to work and placed in two unmarked white buses.

As word spread of their arrest, protesters started gathering around the buses in the parking lot of the Crane Shed Commons, near the Old Mill District.

By 3 p.m. more than 250 people had surrounded the buses and promised not to leave until the men were released or court action was taken.

Police responded to the protest only to monitor the activity and ensure everyone’s freedom of speech, Krantz said in a video news conference.

Around 10 p.m. Bend Police Chief Krantz arrived on the scene and told the crowd federal agents were on their way to help one of the bus drivers who was having a medical issue.

An hour later, federal agents in fatigues and riot gear arrived in the parking lot.

One of the agents barked orders to the group saying they wanted to attend to a bus driver having a medical issue and gave a final warning to disperse before non-lethal tactics would be used.

Soon after that, a group of agents made their way to the buses, pushing protesters aside and apparently using pepper spray before storming in and grabbing the two men and others on board.

“While ICE respects the rights of people to voice their opinion peacefully, that does not include illegally interfering with their federal law enforcement duties,” Roman said in her statement. “ICE will take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of its officers and detainees, and will vigorously pursue prosecution against anyone who puts them in harm’s way.”


Gov. Kate Brown issued a statement on Twitter Thursday.

“I am appalled by the callous actions of the Trump Administration yesterday in Bend to target immigrant communities and forcefully disperse a crowd of concerned community members and clergy who for hours held the line against injustice,” she wrote. “The actions by federal troops are all too familiar, designed for political headlines, meant to intimidate & strike fear into our communities instead of keeping us safe. To separate Oregon families is unacceptable & heartless. Especially during a pandemic.

“In Oregon, we welcome and include everyone who calls this state home. Those values are codified in our state laws, and they are a part of who we are. We welcome our neighbors, including Oregonian immigrants and refugees. We look out for one another.”

Krantz is expected to make a statement and answer questions from the media this afternoon.

We spoke with Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel this morning and are working to speak with Bend City Councilor Barb Campbell, who attended the protest, and Mayor Sally Russell.