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Vanderwagon Man Charged with Federal Firearms Offenses

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

ALBUQUERQUE – A Vangerwagon man was charged by indictment with multiple federal firearms offenses and attempted murder.

Perris Jeremiah Arthur, 35, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, appeared before a federal judge today and will remain in custody pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

According to the indictment, on May 1, 2023, Arthur assaulted John Doe with a rifle with the intent to commit murder.

If convicted of the current charges, Arthur faces up to 20 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, made the announcement today.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Nation Department of Investigation and Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated June 4, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-194