A FAMILY of armed fugitives are believed to have lived in isolation for almost 20 years to avoid police arrest.
An arrest warrant was issued for John Joe Gray, 72, in 2000 after he bit a police officer – he and his family have withdrawn to keep him out of jail.
The Grays’ family members – wife Alicia, their daughters Elizabeth and Ruth, son Jonathan, Jonathan’s wife Cassie, and several grandchildren – spent years on a compound in the aptly named town of Gun Barrel, Texas.
They stayed on the 47-acre site until 2016; As of 2000, there has been no official record of the family leaving the premises.
Gray was originally pulled over for speeding in May 2000.
Issues between Gray and officers quickly escalated.
The officers discovered weapons in the then 50-year-old’s truck and requested a search of the vehicle.
When he refused to comply, officers pointed guns at the man.
During his first arrest, he bit a police officer, leading to an additional charge of assault.
Police also found a letter in the man’s truck, which stated his intention to blow up local highways.
The laundry list of improprieties remained unresolved as Gray skipped his bail hearing.
He officially became a fugitive.
Gray threatened police officers with violence should they try to arrest him on his land, writing, “If you’re after us, just bring extra body bags.”
He and his family lived on their compound for years hoping to avoid imprisonment.
When asked why police didn’t raid the compound, city sheriff Ray Knutt told the Mirror, “We might end up having to kill innocent bystanders — the kids or the woman — and we might have some of our people killed, too.” .”
life on the premises
The family members live without running water, electricity or food.
Everything they depend on is produced on their 47 hectares.
The homely lifestyle is part of the family’s self-proclaimed salt-of-earth vibe.
“God prepared us for this,” proclaimed Gray, a devout Christian.
“We look at this place as if it were our ark. The grandchildren are also learning how to survive.”
A deeper look into the family reveals their not-so-surprisingly sinister underpinnings.
When asked about then-President Obama, Gray told the Daily Mail, “We all know [President] Obama is a Muslim, but God put him into office. … God wants us to return to His path.”
His wife, Alicia, said she was happy to be homeschooling the family’s children: “There’s no way I want my grandkids to be in the public school system, homo. It is not right.”
Guns, guns and more guns
Gray’s initial arrest was hastened by the heavy weapons he was carrying in his truck.
The man remains unswervingly fond of guns.
He claims the possible loss of his gun was the reason he never turned himself in.
Each family member carried a gun on the property that was once considered age appropriate.
Holsters were part of everyone’s daily uniform, allowing guns to take part in every exercise of their daily lives.
Gray’s arrest was overturned in 2016.
The family’s isolation was considered the longest armed standoff in American history, according to HuffPost.
“As far as I know, his criminal problems are over,” the sheriff said.
It is not known if Gray and his family still remain isolated at their compound.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7155209/gun-fugitive-family-compound-years/ In the gun-loving refugee family who remained locked up on the compound for 16 years