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Man from Navajo Nation charged with murder in Indian Country

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

            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Joshua Gutierrez, 21, of To’Hajilee, Mexico appeared in federal court in Albuquerque on March 31 for an initial appearance on a criminal complaint charging him with murder in Indian Country. 

            According to the complaint, Gutierrez committed the offense on March 29 in To’Hajilee, New Mexico on the Navajo Nation. Gutierrez allegedly shot the victim in the chest with a pistol. The victim later died from his injuries. The FBI arrested Gutierrez at his home later in the day. He is currently in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for April 2. A complaint is only an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

            The FBI investigated this case with the assistance of the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison Jaros is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 2, 2020

Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 20-056