Randy Quaid, wife ask Canada for refuge

Posted: October 23, 2010

VANCOUVER - Actor Randy Quaid and his wife, arrested Thursday in Vancouver on a U.S. warrant related to vandalism, told Canada's immigration board yesterday that they are seeking refuge in Canada because they are being persecuted in the U.S.

The Quaids are wanted in Santa Barbara, Calif., where they missed a court hearing Monday on felony vandalism charges. A U.S. judge later issued arrest warrants The hearing was related to their arrests last month on suspicion of illegally squatting at a home.

The Quaids are suspected of causing more than $5,000 in damage in the guest house of a Montecito home they had previously owned.

Santa Barbara County Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said yesterday that Quaid and his wife Evi's bail has been increased to $500,000 apiece.

Evi Quaid begged a Canadian immigration adjudicator not to force them to return, saying yesterday that too many of her husband's actor friends have died under mysterious circumstances and she's worried something will happen to him next.

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