Incident Summary:

3/30/2001: Five members of the Animal and Earth Liberations Fronts (ALF and ELF), Stanislas Meyerhoff, Kevin Tubbs, William Rodgers, Nathan Block, and Joyanna Zacher, used an incendiary device and fuel soaked cloths to set arson to the Romania Chevrolet Truck Center lot in Eugene, Oregon in the United States, causing damage to 35 sport utility vehicles (SUVs), all 2001 Chevrolet Suburbans or Tahoes. The total property loss was $959,000. There were no casualties in the incident. The site was chosen as a “statement of defiance,” in honor of Jeffrey Luers, another environmentalist, who had been charged for an earlier arson at the same location. The perpetrators sent out an anonymous communiqué (making no reference of ELF), claiming responsibility for the arson, speaking out against the prison system, and stating, "the techno-industrial state thinks it can stop the growing resistance by jailing some of us, but they cannot jail the spirit of those who know another world is possible." The perpetrators were part of a group calling themselves "The Family," which committed nearly 20 arson and ecotage attacks over a 6 year period.



United States

North America

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Location Details:
at the Romania Chevrolet Truck Center lot at 1425 Walnut Street in Eugene, OR

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Romania Chevrolet Truck Center
Specific Description sport utility vehicles at the Romania Chevrolet Truck Center lot
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $959,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
more than 20 two-gallon containers filled with gasoline and sheets of cloth soaked in gasoline, joining the vehicles
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The incident occurred at approximately 2:40 a.m. The communiqué made no reference to ELF or ALF, but it was discovered through court documents that the perpetrators who committed the incident were part of a group calling themselves "The Family, "which was made up of members of both ELF and ALF, and various combinations of members from the group committed nearly 20 arson and ecotage attacks over a 6 year period. Tubbs was sentenced to 12 years and 7 months in prison, Meyerhoff was sentenced to 13 years in prison, Block and Zacher were each sentenced to 92 months in prison, and William Rodgers committed suicide while in custody awaiting transportation back to Oregon.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Animal Liberation Front (ALF) The Family No
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) The Family Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 5
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
U.S. Government’s Sentencing Memorandum for CR 06-60069, CR 06-60070, CR 06-60071, CR 06-60078, CR 06-60079, CR 06-60080, CR 06-60120, CR 06-60122, CR 06-60123, CR 06-60124, CR06-60125, and CR 06-60126. U.S. District Court: District of Oregon, Eugene, 2007.
FBI, "Terrorism 2000/2001,"FBI, DOJ, 2001.
Legal Affairs Editors, "Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front Members Sentenced in Oregon for Acts of Eco-Terrorism in Five Western States," PR Newswire Association LLC, Public Interest Services, June 5, 2007.