LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada man with ties to antigovernment activist Ammon Bundy has been arrested and accused of threatening the lives of a Las Vegas police officer and a criminal prosecutor, authorities said.
Joshua Alexander Martinez, 32, of Las Vegas, a member of Bundy’s People’s Rights network, is accused of making social media threats against Detective Kenneth Mead and Chief Deputy Clark County District Attorney Michael Dickerson, according to a criminal complaint.
A judge on Monday set bail at $1 million and scheduled a March 8 preliminary hearing on charges including misdemeanor harassment and felony aggravated stalking and challenging to fight with use of a deadly weapon.
Clark County Public Defender Darin Imlay declined Tuesday to comment on Martinez’s behalf.
Bundy lives in Emmet, Idaho. He confirmed Martinez is a member of his group, which Bundy described as a network of more than 50,000 people in about 400 areas around the U.S. who communicate and share information.
He said he believed Martinez was frustrated about his prosecution in a gun possession case, but said he didn’t want to speak on Martinez’s behalf following his arrest.
Bundy was arrested on consecutive days last August at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise while leading a protest of coronavirus restrictions.
Bundy and his father, Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher, were among more than a dozen men involved in an armed confrontation with federal agents in April 2014 over a court-ordered roundup of Bundy cattle. A U.S. judge in Las Vegas dismissed criminal charges in January 2018 due to prosecutorial misconduct by federal prosecutors.
Ammon Bundy was acquitted of federal charges in Portland, Oregon, after leading an armed occupation in early 2016 of a remote federal wildlife sanctuary.