Utah police say Chevie Kehoe will be extradited to face charges in connection with an Ohio shootout in February.
Police arrested Kehoe, 24, Colville, Wash., without incident Tuesday at Overson's Farm Center in Cedar City, where he had been hiding for the past two months. He was transported to Salt Lake City Wednesday and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.Investigators learned of Chevie Kehoe's whereabouts after his brother, Cheyne Kehoe, 21, surrendered Monday in his hometown of Colville, Wash., said Thomas T. Kubic, FBI special agent in charge.
The brothers face a 16-count indictment accusing them of shooting at lawmen in Ohio after a February 15 traffic stop. The first of two shootouts was videotaped and has been broadcast nationwide. Chevie Kehoe is also wanted for questioning in the slaying of a family in Arkansas.
Rodney Leavitt, a Gunlock rancher, found the men camping out with their wives and four children outside Gunlock, Washington County, about two months ago. The brothers, using aliases, told Leavitt they were down on their luck and accepted an offer to work and live at one of Leavitt's farms near Beryl, Iron County.
But for an unknown reason, Cheyne Kehoe left about a week ago with his wife and 10-month-old son and turned himself in to authorities in Washington Monday. Apparently, he told FBI agents where his brother was located.
"Cheyne also told us his brother was prepared for a shootout," Kubic said.
FBI agents contacted Leavitt and arranged to have him help them arrest the other brother, Kubic said.
"I felt awful," Leavitt said about taking Chevie to the Cedar City feed store they had visited numerous times. "We were good friends. I had no idea in the world they were fugitives."
After the arrest, agents searched the trailer where the brothers had been staying and found three automatic assault rifles with 8,000 rounds of matching armor-piercing ammunition, a shotgun, 20 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition and bulletproof vests.
"These are pretty dangerous guys," Kubic said.
Chevie's Kehoe's wife, Karena Gumm, was found at the trailer with her three children, ages 7, 4, and 14 months. She had a loaded 9mm handgun in her back pocket but surrendered without incident. Leavitt agreed to house Gumm and the children until further arrangements could be made.
Kubic does not believe Gumm will face any charges.
Cheyne Kehoe is being held on $1 million bail in Spokane, Wash., and a July 16 extradition hearing has been set.
Unless he fights extradition, Kubic said Chevie Kehoe will be taken to Ohio within days.
U.S. Magistrate Jack Sherman in Cincinnati granted the government's request Wednesday to dismiss the charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution against Chevie Kehoe. That cleared the way for federal authorities in Utah to transfer him to state authorities for extradition to Ohio, said Anthony Nyktas, senior assistant U.S. attorney in Cincinnati.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Crum in Spokane said federal authorities would defer to Ohio before pressing to bring Chevie Kehoe to face firearms charges in Washington.
A federal grand jury there indicted Chevie Kehoe on three firearms counts in February. The indictment alleged he possessed a pistol and an assault rifle stolen from gun dealer William Mueller and also possessed an unregistered machine gun.
Mueller, 52; his wife, Nancy, 28; and her daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Powell, 8, disappeared in January 1996. Their decomposed bodies were dredged from the Illinois Bayou near Russellville, Ark., on June 28. Kubic said the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will help inventory the weapons, looking for a connection to the Mueller deaths.
The brothers reportedly have family and friends involved in the Christian Identity movement.
There was speculation they may have moved to southwestern Utah to hook up with an enclave of skinheads in the area, but Kubic said he had no indication the Kehoes had contact with the white supremacists.
There also are a number of polygamists in the area, and Chevie Kehoe may have had a belief in polygamy.
In 1993, he took a second wife at the Aryan Nations encampment in northern Idaho, according to an Associated Press report. The 18-year-old woman eventually left Kehoe and her father filed a bigamy complaint against him.