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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 9, 2021

Los Angeles Man Indicted for Larceny, Resisting Federal Officer, and Child Abuse

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Los Angeles, California, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Larceny, Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer, and Child Abuse. 

Julio Salvador Guevara, age 35, was indicted on July 17, 2018.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 8, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is ten years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that in January 2018, Guevara stole a pickup truck and fled from several law enforcement officers on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation. Guevara had two minor children in the stolen pickup during the chase, which involved speeds in excess of 85 miles per hour over washboard-style roads.  Guevara was arrested after he stopped the pickup instead of driving over tire spikes placed on the road.       

The charges are merely accusations and Guevara is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, the Ziebach County Sheriff’s Office, and the Haakon County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.   

Guevara was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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Updated July 9, 2021