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Santo Domingo man arraigned for assault on a federal officer

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, announced today that Travis Aguilar was arraigned on an indictment charging him with assault on a federal officer. Aguilar, 31, of Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Santo Domingo, will remain in custody pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

According to the indictment, on Nov. 10, 2021, Aguilar allegedly forcibly assaulted an officer of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) while the officer was engaged in official duties. Aguilar allegedly punched the officer in the face and threw the officer to the ground.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Aguilar faces up to 20 years in prison.

BIA investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew McGinley is prosecuting the case.

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Updated September 21, 2022

Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 22-206