Border activist in hiding from court

Seen as threat to his family

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Mr. Gilchrist and Mr. Simcox parted ways over policy and financing differences in 2005 after the Minuteman movement had shut down 23 miles of Arizona-Mexico border to illegal immigration during a 30-day period.

Stacey O’Connell, a former MCDC organizer who served as the organization’s Arizona state chapter director, said running from being served an order of protection “only shows his weak character traits that Mr. Simcox hid from the public and the campaigns he served.”

Chris Simcox, while an outwardly courageous well-spoken patriot, has proven time and time again to have a propensity for deception, lies and violence in his life,” Mr. O’Connell said. “Once a man who claimed to be in support of law enforcement, he has now allegedly threatened to kill police officers and his own family, and is now proven to be in hiding in Cochise County Arizona.

“I have a message for Mr Simcox: come out into the open and meet with [the Fugitive Recovery Services] and Cochise County sheriff deputies to be served,” he said. “From there, you can work to rebuild your reputation, work to remain in your children’s lives, and get help to move past this dark period in your own life. It’s the only way forward.”

Mrs. Simcox’s allegations were first reported by the alternative news weekly Phoenix New Times.

At the time, Mr. Simcox was working as an adviser to U.S. senatorial candidate J.D. Hayworth, a former U.S. congressman who is vying for the seat now held by Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican. Mr. Simcox dropped out of the race after Mr. Hayworth announced his candidacy.

The new divorce allegations are not the first time Mr. Simcox has faced an angry wife. Two former wives have accused him in court documents of violent conduct.

Mr. Simcox founded the Minuteman movement in April 2005 along with Mr. Gilchrist, enlisting the help of thousands of civilian volunteers over the next four years to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border and report suspected illegal immigrants to the U.S. Border Patrol.

Prior to that, he headed a small group of Arizona residents known as the Civil Homeland Defense who patrolled the border for illegal immigrants. In January 2003, federal park rangers arrested him on charges of illegally carrying a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun in a national park. At the time of the arrest, records show, he also carried a police scanner, two walkie-talkies and a toy figure of Wyatt Earp on horseback.

Eventually, however, a growing number of Minuteman leaders and volunteers questioned the whereabouts of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of dollars in donations to the MCDC, challenging the organization’s leadership over financial accountability.

Many of the group’s most active members said they had no idea how much money had been collected as part of its effort to stop illegal entry, how it had been spent or why it had been funneled through a Virginia-based charity headed by conservative Alan Keyes.

Several of the group’s top lieutenants either quit or were fired by Mr. Simcox. The MCDC disbanded in March. The financial problems were first reported by The Washington Times.

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