First Member Of Bundy Militia Arrested

CREDIT: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Ammon Bundy, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, speaks to reporters during a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, near Burns, Ore. With the takeover entering its fourth day Wednesday, authorities had not removed the group of roughly 20 people from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon's high desert country.

The first members of the militia illegally occupying a federal building in Oregon have been arrested. The occupation has gone on for nearly two weeks, costing the state more than $133,000 per day.

Two members of the militia were finally arrested when they took federal vehicles stolen from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and drove them to a local Safeway.

The standoff appears to be escalating. In recent days the militia has announced its intention to create their own legal system and potentially arrest the sheriff. A radio personality closely associated with the militia has suggested converging on the nearby FBI compound monitoring the occupation.