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Two Anchorage men indicted for assaulting a Deputy United States Marshal with a shotgun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska – Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin R. Feldis announced today that two Anchorage men were indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for assaulting a Deputy United States Marshal with a deadly and dangerous weapon while he was engaged in his official duties.

The two defendants named in the indictment are Leigaga Selau Amituanai, aka “G,” 26, and Sulu Faamolemole, aka “Chase,” 26, both of Anchorage.  According to the indictment, Amituanai and Faamolemole assaulted a United States Marshal on Feb. 11, 2016. 

According to the criminal complaint filed in federal court late last week, the Deputy United States Marshal was conducting surveillance the morning of Feb. 11, 2016, near Mountain View Drive and North Park Street in Anchorage, when Amituanai pointed a sawed-off shotgun directly at the Deputy United States Marshal from a vehicle that Faamolemole was driving.  When Anchorage Police Department officers and the Deputy United States Marshal tried to pull over Amituanai and Faamolemole a short time later, Amituanai and Faamolemole attempted to elude officers, driving down an embankment onto the Glenn Highway exit ramp at Bragaw Street before being apprehended.  A sawed-off shot gun, a loaded pistol, and ammunition were recovered from the vehicle.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Hattan, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both, for the charged offense.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants. 

The United States Marshal Service (USMS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), both branches of the Department of Justice, and the Anchorage Police Department (APD) conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. 

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated February 26, 2016

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