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Miccosukee tribal member charged with assault with intent to murder

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

MIAMI – On April 29, a Miccosukee tribal member was charged in federal court with, among other related charges, assault with intent to commit murder.

According to the allegations in the complaint affidavit, on April 26, Sutanga Rex Cypress, 42, was arguing with the victim when Cypress brandished a firearm. Cypress then pointed the gun at the victim and shot the victim in the abdomen. The victim was airlifted to the hospital due to the severity of the injuries sustained by the gunshot.  

On April 29, Cypress made his initial appearance in Fort Lauderdale. If convicted, Cypress faces up to 20 years in federal prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines along with other mitigating, aggravating and statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri of FBI, Miami Field Office, and Chief Roland Pandolfi of the Miccosukee Police Department made the announcement.

FBI Safe Trails, Miami and the Miccosukee Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Latoya Brown is prosecuting the case.

A complaint contains mere allegations, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at, under case number 24-mj-6204.



Public Affairs Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

Updated April 30, 2024

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