Ecoterrorism Suspect Gives Up After Decade on Run

Rebecca Rubin 11th member of 'The Family' to face charges

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 30, 2012 6:32 AM CST

(Newser) – A Canadian fugitive, said to be one of the targets of the largest ecoterrorism investigation in American history, surrendered to US authorities yesterday morning after a decade on the run, reports the Los Angeles Times. Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 39, faces arson and conspiracy charges related to firebombings in Oregon, Colorado, and California in the late '90s through 2001 set by "The Family," a radical environmentalist group based in Eugene, Ore., that was affiliated with the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front.

The Family's firebombing targets included an SUV dealership, Vail-area ski resort, and wild horse corrals, causing upward of $40 million in damages. Of those thought to be involved in The Family's firebombings, 10 received prison sentences in 2007, ranging from 37 months to more than six years, after all pleading guilty. Two people remain at large, and the group's leader committed suicide in jail after his arrest. The AP notes that many of those sentenced expressed regret over their lack of impact: Though an Oregon horse slaughterhouse was never rebuilt, a targeted ski resort and ranger stations were reconstructed, timber companies stayed in business, and wild horses were still rounded up and removed from federal lands. Rubin's defense attorney says that Rubin wanted to get the case behind her, and was dropped off at the US-Washington border by her mother.

Rebecca Rubin. Rubin, one of the three remaining fugitives in a string of ecoterrorism fires set in Oregon, Colorado and California surrendered to authorities yesterday in Washington State.
Rebecca Rubin. Rubin, one of the three remaining fugitives in a string of ecoterrorism fires set in Oregon, Colorado and California surrendered to authorities yesterday in Washington State.   (AP Photo/FBI, File)
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