Life gone ‘haywire’ for Tulalip pair after Ore. standoff arrest

TULALIP RESERVATION — The girlfriend of the youngest man indicted in the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge said their lives have gone haywire since his arrest on a Washington state Indian reservation.

Tiff Fryberg said she and 22-year-old Eric Lee Flores were to be married the weekend he was arrested by FBI agents where they were staying on the Tulalip Reservation with their 6-month-old daughter.

Flores is in custody awaiting transfer to Portland to make a plea in court, The Seattle Times reported.

“I’m really worried,” Fryberg said. “I just don’t want him to be in jail. I can’t sleep. I’m starting to get sick.”

Darryl William Thorn of Marysville faces the same federal criminal indictment, and he has pleaded not guilty to a conspiracy charge. He’s still in custody. His girlfriend, Christina Wright, reportedly traveled with Thorn and stayed at the refuge.

Wright said her boyfriend hadn’t taken any guns to the refuge, and all he did “was help out everybody, just be there for support.”

Flores and Thorn had been friends from their involvement in a patriot group, she said.

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