Security guards arrested at eclipse festival after bungled 'bust'
PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Three security guards at the solar eclipse Symbiosis Gathering were arrested on Tuesday when they unlawfully entered an RV and detained two people, the Crook County Sheriff’s Office said.
The security guards were working for a company contracted to provide security during the event. Two of the arrested guards are from Washington state.
According to investigators, the security guards believed two people were “cooking drugs” inside an RV while camping at the event.
The guards entered the RV and detained the two suspects, injuring one person in the process, the sheriff’s office said.
The guards then took the injured person to the medical tent and the other person to the event headquarters.
Investigators found that the two people were in fact not manufacturing drugs and that the security guards did not have legal authority to detain either of them.
Deputies arrested Jared Leoney, 22, of Bothell, Wash., on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespass and fourth-degree assault. Thomas King, 44, of North Bend, Ore. was arrested on the same charges.
Ryan Schroeder, 37, of Arlington, Wash., was arrested for investigation of first-degree criminal trespass.
Deputies also found that King had a handgun on him at the time of the incident. However, he does have a valid concealed carry permit out of Coos County.
They said he did not display the firearm during the incident.