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Randy Quaid arrested trying to cross the border into United States from Canada

  • Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, were detained the Vermont port of entry at about 8pm on Friday
  • US Customs and Border Protection agents arrested the couple after determining they were fugitives from justice and subject to extradition
  • The arrest comes three days after officials took Randy Quaid into custody for being a flight risk after attending a regular check in
  • He was ruled not a flight risk by immigration officials on Thursday
  • Randy Quaid is wanted in Santa Barbara, California, to face felony vandalism charges filed in 2010 

By Kelly Mclaughlin and Chris Pleasance For Dailymail.com and Associated Press

Published: 01:35 EST, 10 October 2015 | Updated: 09:13 EST, 10 October 2015

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Randy Quaid was taken into custody on Friday night while trying to cross the border into the United States from Canada, Vermont State Police said.

The arrest comes just three days after Canadian Border Service Agency officers took Quaid into custody for being a flight risk after attending a regular check-in. 

An Immigration and Refugee Board member ruled he was not a flight risk on Thursday.

The Independence Day actor, 65, is wanted in Santa Barbara, California, to face felony vandalism charges filed in 2010 after he and his wife, Evi, 52, were found squatting in a guesthouse of a home they previously owned.

The pair skipped several court appearances and went to Canada, where Evi, whose father is from Canada, was granted citizenship. Randy Quaid's bid to gain permanent residency was denied.

Randy Quaid in the Vermont State Police barracks on Friday
Evi Quaid following the couple's detention on Friday

Randy and Evi Quaid in the Vermont State Police barracks on Friday after they were taken into custody

Randy Quaid arriving at his Immigration and Refugee Board hearing in Montreal on Thursday

Randy Quaid arriving at his Immigration and Refugee Board hearing in Montreal on Thursday

The actor  

The actor was released on Thursday when the Immigration and Refugee Board ruled he was not a flight risk

Meanwhile on Thursday, Randy's brother Dennis Quaid was attending the Annual Hamptons International Film Festival for the screening of his new film Truth, which also stars Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford

Meanwhile on Thursday, Randy's brother Dennis Quaid was attending the Annual Hamptons International Film Festival for the screening of his new film Truth, which also stars Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford

Quaid said in an interview from a detention center in Laval, Quebec, on Wednesday that he wants to resolve his legal issues in California and 'move on with my life'.

US Customs and Border Protection agents detained the Quaids at the Vermont port of entry at about 8pm on Friday after determining they were fugitives from justice and subject to extradition, State Police said.

A judge set bail at $500,000 each. Randy Quaid was being held at the North West State Correctional Center and Evi Quaid at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.

Attempts to reach an attorney for the Quaids were unsuccessful early Saturday.

Following Quaid’s Tuesday arrest, Evi released bizarre footage of the couple, purporting to have been filmed earlier this week on their wedding anniversary, October 5, in which she rants against the government while arguing with her husband.

In the profanity-filled footage, Evi attacks Barack Obama, John Kerry, and the Santa Barbara State Department, accusing them of fraudulently taking her passport.

Earlier this week, Randy Quaid and wife Evi posted a bizarre video clip of them drinking in a park (pictured)

Earlier this week, Randy Quaid and wife Evi posted a bizarre video clip of them drinking in a park (pictured)

In the footage Evi rants against the US government and says she supports Donald Trump - while her husband is doing stretching exercises

In the footage Evi rants against the US government and says she supports Donald Trump - while her husband is doing stretching exercises

While she speaks, husband Randy, sporting long hair and an unruly beard, can be seen waving his arms and apparently carrying out stretching exercises.

Randy Quaid's bid for permanent residency in Canada was denied in 2012, and it can take years for deportation to follow.

He was arrested in Montreal in May after becoming the subject of a nationwide arrest warrant when he stopped checking in with border authorities.

He later apologized and was released, with the requirement to check in every two weeks.

The actor and his Canadian wife fled the United States in 2010, saying they were victims of persecution.

Quaid has sought to stay in Canada, saying he was being hunted by 'Hollywood star-whackers' who 'killed his friends David Carradine and Heath Ledger'.

The couple's current legal problems in California stem from a 2010 arrest when they were charged with trespassing and causing more than $5,000 in damage to the guesthouse of a California home they once owned.

Randy Quaid pictured in a 2010 mugshot
Evi Quaid in her 2010 mugshot

The Quaids got into trouble with the law in 2010 when they were arrested and accused of felony burglary and vandalism after allegedly being found living in a house they used to own. Their mug shots are pictured here

The couple appearing in court in April 2010. The judge had issued bench warrants for the eccentric couple for missing multiple hearings in their felony case

The couple appearing in court in April 2010. The judge had issued bench warrants for the eccentric couple for missing multiple hearings in their felony case

At the time, the property's owner accused them of smashing a $7,000 mirror and replacing it with a giant picture of themselves, among other acts of vandalism.

They were allegedly squatting in it when they were arrested. Two days before they were charged, they traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, where they claimed asylum, saying they feared for their lives because a 'star whackers' cult was trying to kill them.

They claimed eight other celebrities, such as David Carradine and Heath Ledger, had died in 'mysterious circumstances' and feared they would be next.

Santa Barbara Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said on Wednesday there is an active extradition order for Quaid on a felony vandalism case, and prosecutors would be seeking his extradition if he's returned to the United States.

Carter said Quaid and his wife also face felony charges for failing to appear at a November 2010 court hearing while out on bail.

Randy Quaid is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid and is best known for his roles in films such as National Lampoon's Vacation and Independence Day.

While Randy was at his immigration hearing on Thursday, Dennis was attending the Annual Hamptons International Film Festival for the screening of his new film Truth, which also stars Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford.

Instead of staying to face the charges, Randy and Evi (pictured in 2010) fled to Canada, where they claimed asylum on the basis that they were being hunted by a celebrity hit-squad

Instead of staying to face the charges, Randy and Evi (pictured in 2010) fled to Canada, where they claimed asylum on the basis that they were being hunted by a celebrity hit-squad

Randy Quaid and his wife Evi wait for a taxi outside their lawyer's office in Vancouver after fleeing their in 2010 

Randy Quaid and his wife Evi wait for a taxi outside their lawyer's office in Vancouver after fleeing their in 2010 

While still missing from authorities, Randy and Evi uploaded a disturbing series of videos in which they ranted against Rupert Murdoch before having sex on camera

While still missing from authorities, Randy and Evi uploaded a disturbing series of videos in which they ranted against Rupert Murdoch before having sex on camera

He told the Associated Press that the couple's behavior, statements and videos they've posted to social media, including a sex tape, are a way of expressing themselves.

In the video uploaded earlier this week, Evi also praises Donald Trump, tipping him to be the next president and complimenting him for 'telling it how it is'.

The couple then take it in turns to address the camera and vent their anger at the perceived injustices they have suffered, until Randy asks his wife to stop filming.

Perhaps having a moment of clarity, he tells her: 'All right, let's stop vomiting about this s***, can we just enjoy our time here? We should do it in a more proper setting.'

She then jumps to anger, saying that talking in a park while drinking shows they are 'competent , peaceful, happy people'.

Randy then interjects again, complaining that 'it doesn't', adding: 'It sounds like we're doing a little ranting, OK? Ineffective, ineffectual ranting. You're saying the same thing over and over again.'

Clearly fed up with his dissenting, Evi then shoots back: 'You're not Trump, and you'll never be Trump! You're not capable of being Trump.'

DESCENT INTO MADNESS? TIMELINE OF THE QUAIDS' LEGAL TROUBLES 

April 2010: The couple are arrested and charged with felony burglary and vandalism after being found living in the guest house of a California property that Quaid used to own. 

According to documents, they smashed a $7,000 mirror and replaced it with an image of themselves

October: Randy and Evi flee to Canada where the claim asylum, saying they are afraid to return home because they believe the 'star whackers', a hit-squad targeting celebrities, are after them. 

They give the 'mysterious' deaths of Heath Ledger and David Carradine as examples of potential assassinations

July 2011: Despite applications from the Santa Barbara state department to have the couple brought back to America, the U.S. State Department decided not to pursue their extradition, meaning they are allowed to remain in Canada

2012: Evi's application for citizenship is granted, allowing her to permanently remain in the country

January 2013: The Canadian government turns down Randy Quaid's application for citizenship.

He disappears after the Canada Border Services Agency and the Montreal police rule he has not been meeting the criteria for staying in the country

March 2015: While missing from authorities, Quaid and his wife upload a disturbing series of videos in which they attack Rupert Murdoch, saying he never thanked Quaid for being in the film Independence Day. Quiad then puts a Murdoch mask on his wife before simulating a sex act.

In a second graphic clip the couple are seen having sex with one another, and in a particularly gartuitous scene Quaid appears to choke Evi with a belt 

April: Randy Quaid is sent back to court after resurfacing in Montreal, and tells a hearing that all he wants to do is be with his wife, no matter what conditions are placed upon him. 

He is freed after his father-in-law offers up a $10,000 bond, but must report his whereabouts to immigration officials

October 6: While taking part in one of those meetings Quaid is arrested.While the circumstances of his arrest are unclear, it raises the prospect of him being deported back to the US. 

He is still under a deportation order, meaning he can be sent away at any time.

Shortly after his arrest, his wife releases a bizarre YouTube video in which the couple are seen drinking in the park on their wedding anniversary before ranting against the government 

October 9: Quaid and his wife, Evi, were taken into custody Friday night while trying to cross into the United States from Canada

US Customs and Border Protection agents detained the Quaids at the Vermont port of entry at about 8pm on Friday after determining they were fugitives from justice and subject to extradition 

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