Randy and Evi Quaid: 'We're Running for Our Lives'

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SANTA BARBARA ( KTLA) -- Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi say they aren't mentally unstable, or under the influence of drugs. They say they're "running for their lives" from a mysterious and deadly group of celebrity-extorting assassins.

The Quaids were arrested last Thursday in a shopping area of a Vancouver neighborhood on outstanding U.S. warrants.

The couple told ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday that they are just plain scared. "I genuinely feel these people are trying to kill us," Evi Quaid said. "We are refugees. We are Hollywood refugees."

Evi Quaid says the "assassins" follow the couple, "tag their cell phone" and have "hacked into their computer".

The Quaids are wanted on vandalism charges after they allegedly squatted in the guesthouse of their former home in Santa Barbara. They fled to Canada after missing a court hearing in the case.

Randy and Evi Quaid requested refugee status at an immigration hearing in Canada Friday, saying they were being persecuted by "Hollywood star whackers."

Evi Quaid told the board that her famous friends, including David Carradine and Heath Ledger, were "murdered" under strange circumstances and feared something similar would happen to her and her husband next.

"We feel our lives are in danger," she said. "Randy has known eight close friends murdered in odd, strange manners. We feel that we're next."

Evi Quaid also said her father was Canadian, and had moved to the United States, where he worked as an FBI agent.

Catherine Sas, the Quaids' new lawyer, says Evi Quaid can live and work in Canada, and border officials have withdrawn their proceedings.

As for Randy Quaid, the border services agency has said only that he is no longer in detention, and his case will be proceeding through immigration channels.

The couple had been scheduled to appear at a refugee board hearing in Vancouver on Thursday.

They were told last week they could be released from detention if they posted a $10,000 bond each, but the pair remained in custody.

The Quaids have another scheduled court appearance in Santa Barbara next week related to the vandalism charges.

Their U.S. lawyer says he expects them to show up.

On Tuesday, Santa Barbara senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter made it clear that the U.S. warrants against the Quaids remain outstanding.

Deputies arrested the Quaids at a Montecito home last month on suspicion that they were living in the guest house of a home they previously owned.

The owner of the home called Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies Saturday afternoon to report squatters in the guest house.

Deputies responded to the home and arrested Randy and Evi Quaid on charges of felony residential burglary and misdemeanor entering a noncommercial building without consent.

Evi Quaid was also charged with resisting arrest.

A contractor showed police more than $5,000 in damages to the guest house. It's believed that damage was caused by the Quaids.

The Quaids told deputies they had owned the property since the 1990s.

An attorney for the property owner who contacted police provided documents that showed his client bought the home in 2007 -- from a man who had purchased it from the Quaids several years before.

The Quaids have had several encounters with the law in recent years.

Last September, the couple was charged with defrauding an innkeeper of more than $10,000, as well as conspiracy and burglary, after an invalid credit card was used at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito.

An invalid card was also used at The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Arnie Tolks.

Felony charges were later dropped against Randy Quaid, 59.

Evi Quaid, 47, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of defrauding an innkeeper and was sentenced to three years' probation. She was also ordered to perform 240 hours of community service.

Randy Quaid has appeared in several films, including "Days of Thunder," "Independence Day" and " National Lampoon's Vacation."

He is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid.

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