Accused 'eco terrorist' surrenders at border
Rebecca Rubin surrendered to the FBI at the international border crossing in Blaine, Wash. Nov. 29, 2012. (Handout)
Published Thursday, November 29, 2012 2:06PM PST
Last Updated Thursday, November 29, 2012 2:30PM PST
A Vancouver woman accused of "eco terrorism" has surrendered herself into FBI custody at the international border in Blaine, Wash., authorities announced Thursday.
Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 39, has been on the run for six years since she was charged with allegedly torching a ski resort in Vail, Colorado during 2001, according to the FBI.
Authorities said Rubin is part of a group of radical environmentalists responsible for the fire, which caused $26 million in damage.
Police said the group is involved in 20 arsons that took place between 1996 and 2001, and spanned five Western states.
According to police, the group, self-proclaimed members of the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front, used force, violence, sabotage, mass destruction, intimidation and coercion to influence government, businesses and the public.
Rubin is charged with eight counts of arson in Colorado, conspiracy, arson and using a destructive device in California and two counts of arson in Oregon.
After a court appearance in Seattle, Rubin will be transferred into custody in Oregon to face trial.
In 2007, 10 other defendants in the case received prison terms ranging from 37 to 156 months after pleading guilty to conspiracy and multiple counts of arson, according to U.S. authorities.
Two other suspects, Joseph Mahmud Dibee and Josephine Sunshine Overaker remain at large.