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Fruitland man faces federal assault charge

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Anderson Buck made an initial appearance in federal court on Nov. 25 where he was charged by criminal complaint with assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Indian Country. Buck, 39, of Fruitland, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will remain in custody pending a preliminary and detention hearing scheduled for Nov. 29.

According to a criminal complaint, on Nov. 17, Buck allegedly beat his girlfriend, identified in court records as Jane Doe, so badly she needed immediate medical care at San Juan Regional Medical Center. Jane Doe’s injuries included a blowout of fractured bones around her left eye, with the possibility of losing function in the eye. Jane Doe also suffered significant blunt force trauma to the face including a broken nose, brain bleeding, and blunt force trauma to the abdomen. Jane Doe was later transferred to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

The assault allegedly occurred in Nenahnezad, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation.

A complaint is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Buck faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Nation Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Alexander F. Flores is prosecuting the case.

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Updated November 28, 2022

Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 22-265