Feds seek militiaman who violated supervised release

A North Texas man who traveled to the Rio Grande in 2014 as a militia member in search of catching people trying to enter the country illegally is now on the run after failing to adhere to the conditions of his federal supervised release.

The U.S. Marshall Service is searching for 53-year-old Kevin Lyndel Massey, of Quinlan, who was convicted after a bench trial in 2015 on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“Subject is considered armed and dangerous and has reportedly made threats to kill law enforcement that attempt to arrest him,” Hunt County Crime Stoppers said in a July 25 “Most Wanted” notice.

U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen sentenced Massey to a little more than three years in federal prison in January 2016.

Records show Massey was released on June 29, 2018.

Hanen ordered Massey to serve three years of supervised release.

Massey was a member the “Rusty Rangers” or “Rusty’s Regulators,” a group of citizens who traveled to the Rio Grande Valley to conduct armed patrols of the border searching for people trying to enter the country illegally.

In 2014, the Rio Grande Valley experienced a “surge” of children and families arriving at the border from Central America by the thousands.

Like today, many reported they were fleeing violence in their home countries.

Border Patrol agents pursuing suspected illegal immigrants in heavy brush on Aug. 20, 2014, encountered John Frederick Foerster, a member of the group.

A Border Patrol agent perceived the armed man as a threat and fired his weapon, though he did not hit the man.

Following the shooting, authorities found Massey in the area armed with a .45 caliber pistol and a rifle, according to a criminal complaint.

Massey, who is a felon with a criminal history predating the incident, was not arrested until two months later, on Oct. 20, 2014, outside a Brownsville hotel.

At the time of his arrest, he was armed with a .45 caliber pistol while another .45-caliber pistol was found in his room. Authorities discovered 2,600 rounds of ammunition inside his truck and motel room, according to trial testimony.

Foerster was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a weapon and sentenced to prison.

BOP records indicate he was released on Dec. 18, 2018.