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Fugitive from Navajo Nation arrested in Colorado

Posted at 3:44 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 12:22:33-04

ANETH, UT — A man wanted in connection with an assault on a federal officer was taken into custody over the weekend.

On April 30, 2020, an FBI special agent and a San Juan County Sheriff's deputy went to Cecil Vijil, Jr.'s home near Aneth, Utah, on the Navajo Nation, as part of an investigation into another crime.

When authorities arrived, Vijil allegedly fired multiple rounds at the special agent and deputy. Authorities say no one was injured.

Vijil was charged with Assault on a Federal Officer and Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he was considered armed and dangerous.

The FBI offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Navajo Nation man

FBI officials say he was taken into custody south of Cortez, Colorado, on the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation around 7 p.m. Sunday.