Chris Simcox, the former leader of the Minuteman movement, and hailed as a hero by conservatives because of his vigilante efforts to guard the border against illegal immigrants, was hit with a restraining order that prevents him from seeing his wife and his children. He is alleged to have threatened his family several times and was asked to surrender all his weapons.
Simcox was ordered to stay 200 yards away from Alena Simcox, their two children, and his wife’s child from a previous marriage, after she was granted an order of protection by the Maricopa County court commissioner on April 16. The order also forbids Simcox from “possessing, receiving, or purchasing firearms or ammunition,” and requires him to “surrender same” to the local police.
Simcox dropped out of a primary for John McCain’s Senate seat in February 2010 and has since endorsed J.D. Hayworth in that race, even describing himself as a “senior adviser” to Hayworth. The campaign has not confirmed his role.
Alena Simcox’s complaint alleges that on multiple occasions, after drinking, Chris Simcox threatened her “with a gun. Repeatedly pointed it at me, saying he was going to kill me, and my kids, and the police. Kids were present and saw him. Very verbally abusive to me throughout the incident. Punched my wall in and destroyed [an] office door.”
She also details e-mails he sent that accuse her of “phone sex” and “adultery with many men.” She has since filed for divorce.
This is not Simcox’s first brush with the law. His first wife accused him of molesting their daughter, his second wife said in 2001 that he exhibited “dangerous” behavior after a “mental breakdown,” and he also was convicted of carrying a semi-automatic weapon into a national park in 2004.