Three security personnel working at the Symbiosis festival were arrested following their detainment of two people whom they incorrectly accused of cooking drugs.
On Tuesday evening at 5:51 p.m., Crook County deputies responded to a report of two subjects being detained by security personnel at the Symbiosis event at Big Summit Prairie. The security personnel work for a company in Oregon that had been contracted to provide security during the event.
Initial reports indicated that security personnel had detained the two individuals, one male and one female, for suspicion of "cooking drugs" in their recreational vehicle while camped out during the event.
During the course of the investigation deputies determined that the male subject that was being detained by security personnel had been injured while the security guards were detaining him. The investigation also revealed that the two individuals had not been manufacturing drugs and the security guards did not have the legal authority to detain either individual.
Officials determined that the three security personnel unlawfully entered the RV, where they restrained/detained both subjects. The security personnel then removed both individuals from the RV, transporting the male to the medical tent due to his injuries. The female was transported to the headquarters at the event.
As a result of the investigation, the three security personnel involved were arrested and charged with crimes. Jared Leoney, 22, of Bothel, Washington, and Thomas King, 44, of North Bend, Oregon, were charged with first-degree criminal trespass and fourth-degree assault. Ryan Schroeder, 37, of Arlington, Washington, was charged with first-degree criminal trespass.
Authorities also determined that King was armed with a handgun and carrying concealed at the time the incident took place. Deputies learned that Thomas does have a valid concealed carry permit out of Coos County and the firearm was not displayed during the incident. One of the conditions/requirements for the event was that there were to be no firearms on site.
Also as a result of the investigation, reports are being sent to the Crook County District Attorney's Office to be reviewed for the additional charges of second-degree kidnapping.