Evi and Randy Quaid
Randy and Evi Quaid plan to seek refuge in Canada after they were arrested in Vancouver on U.S. warrants related to vandalism charges, The Associated Press reports.
The couple was arrested Thursday in a shopping area in a Vancouver neighborhood and jailed on outstanding warrants. A Santa Barbara, Calif., judge issued the warrants Monday after the Quaids failed to show for a hearing stemming from their arrests last month on suspicion of illegally squatting at a home they previously owned. They are accused of causing more than $5,000 in damage to the Montecito, Calif., property.
Randy and Evi Quaid face arrest warrants — again
Randy told Canada's immigration board that he and his wife are seeking asylum from "the murderers of Hollywood" and will therefore apply for refugee status in Canada, according to the AP.
The couple was released from custody Friday, but each must post $9,750 bail and appear for their next hearing on Thursday.
An e-mail to the Quaids' lawyer was not immediately returned.
The couple was also arrested in Santa Barbara in April on outstanding warrants after showing up to court two weeks late stemming from an arrest in September 2009 for allegedly ducking out on a $10,000-plus hotel tab in Santa Barbara County. After not showing up for a previous court hearing, they pleaded not guilty to fraud charges. The felony charges were later dropped against Randy, and Evi was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to perform 240 hours of community service.