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MERRY CHRISTMAS MARK McCONNELL
On Tuesday – October 11th, 2016 – Jon Ritzheimer was sitting at a outside table at Nana Tee’s restaurant in Phoenix Arizona with friends when he was suddenly assaulted by Mark McConnell and girlfriend Shannon Vita, who were armed and ready to fight.
McConnell, was revealed to be the key informant during the Malhuer Wildlife Refuge trials in Portland Oregon – who helped Oregon State Troopers and the FBI set up a deadly roadblock which resulted in the death of Mr. Ritzheimer’s friend and fellow activist, Arizona Rancher -LaVoy Finicum.
After the stop Mr. McConnell was apprehended along with Ammon Bundy and other’s who were actively taking part in an attempt at an Adverse Possession of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge located about 30 miles outside of Burns, Oregon. McConnell had been an active participant in the possession posing as Ammon Bundy’s armed lead security person, and was driving the jeep that carried key occupation leaders when they were pulled over. McConnell was the only person who exited the vehicle armed, and was one of two released after questioning. This set off a flurry of accusations that McConnell was an informant, which he aggressively denied and still denies to this day – even though Oregon State troopers and FBI witnesses say otherwise.
Many official documents taken directly from discovery in the case of United States vs Ammon Bundy et al, proving Mark McConnell’s involvement as an informant – can be found on activist blogger/writer Gary Hunt’s website – Outpost of Freedom.
Ritzheimer, who would eventually be arrested for his role during the possession of the Refuge, said he was minding his own business when McConnell came at him aggressively walking up to his table; Jon’s friends saw McConnell before he did.
” I stood up as I saw him approach the table – he said, and I remember thinking as he and his girlfriend flashed their weapons, this could get ugly.”
Witnesses say it was clear McConnell was spoiling for a fight and that he knew because of Jon’s court-ordered release conditions he would not be carrying a weapon and likely to break his pre-trial release agreement if he were to engaged in a public fight. But it did not stop McConnell from approaching Ritzheimer using intimidation to coax him to react.
Friends say Jon stayed very calm and told McConnell that he wanted nothing to do with him. Ritzheimer filed a police report the following day on October 12th, 2016.
Sheriffs who had been trying to serve McConnell with an Injunction Against Harassment (Restraining Order) since the day it was granted to Mr. Ritzheimer on October 18th, found their target to be illusive, but early Christmas Eve morning Maricopa County Sheriffs received a tip that McConnell was home in bed nursing a pretty bad hang-over. The Injunction was later served successfully.
McConnell and members of the Arizona lll% Organization, Veterans On Patrol, and various groups who run operations on the border, have been critical of Mr. Ritzheimer and others who participated in the adverse possession of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, and that criticism took a sinister turn when McConnell approached an unsuspecting Jon Ritzheimer who was simply having dinner with his friends.
Even though some of McConnell’s friends were also present at the refuge, and are documented to have been reporting to the FBI on a daily basis, none played as clear a role as Mark McConnell did while there.
Fueled by internet rumor and speculation, many threats have been posted by McConnell and his followers on social media. So much so, a Judge ruled clearly that Mark McConnell and anyone acting on his behalf, posed a real threat to Mr. Ritzheimer and his wife Rachel – and have been ordered to stop all harassment and have no contact including on-line.
Critics of Mark McConnell say, McConnell’s assault on Jon Ritzheimer in a crowded restaurant where innocent by-standers could have been hurt, clearly proves his excuse for turning informant based on his concern that innocent people could have been hurt or killed at the Refuge, is a lie.
Many also believe that McConnell is successfully achieving a gang-like mentality among various groups who are now boldly sending out threatening orders for certain people to stay off their turf. Threats seem to be predominately coming from Militias in Western States, in particular those groups participating in various organizations from Arizona. Arizona seems to be a hotbed of contempt where the beginnings of the Malheur Shakedown is suspected to have been born and a good deal of the Malheur informants call home.
We heard a lot of talk coming out of Arizona before, during, and after the Occupation of Malheur – that was, and continues to be pretty threatening. It has not gotten past us that much of that talk originated with Mark McConnell and his friend Melvin Lee – said one concerned activist — To think that good men would wrap their arms around informants and call them Brothers – to simply settle a vendetta is abhorrent to me – he said. It is clear they want some kind of turf war that will turn former allies into mortal enemies, and good organizations into gangs. (Source Protected)
McConnell or anyone who is acting on behalf of Mark McConnell, have been ordered to stop harassing Mr. Ritzheimer and his family. McConnell is often noticed for his on-line bragging about “doing it right” and it is yet to be seen if McConnell and his merry group of “Full Overblown Ex-Patriots” will approach Jon Ritzheimer moving forward, or if they have sense enough to follow a court order and begin to practice what they preach. Sources tell us Sheriffs spent approx. (2) hours with McConnell and left carrying items they had taken from his mobile home. Guns are suspected to be among those items taken.