Man sought in sexual assault

June 20, 2013

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S HIPROCK - The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are looking for Gilbert Yazzie, 44, of Shiprock, in connection with the reported sexual assault of a minor in Shiprock on June 15, according to an FBI news release.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Gilbert Yazzie is asked to contact the FBI (24 hours) at 505-889-1300, or send a tip online at

Tempe police seek help in identifying victim

TEMPE - The Tempe Police Department are asking the public for help in identifying a victim whose body was dumped in Tempe.

Sgt. Mike Pooley provided a physical description of the unidentified female: her height was between 5-feet-2 and 5-feet-5, her weight was between 120 and 130 pounds, she was medium built, shoulder-length brown hair, brown eyes, braces on teeth, and she was wearing turquoise stone with silver earrings in left and right earlobes.

She also had a diamond stud nose ring in right nostril and no tattoos.

Pooley said it is possible that the woman may have been Navajo.

Anyone with any information can contact the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311.

Guilty plea entered in robbery try

On March 12, 2012, people in Gallup and on the Navajo Reservation went a little crazy as rumors began circulating that there was a gang of people going through the streets of Gallup creating havoc and killing people.

The rumors, spread on Facebook and Twitter, also said that the gang was headed toward Window Rock and Fort Defiance where they planned to create havoc in those two towns as well. These rumors caused a rush of phone calls to the Gallup and Navajo Nation police departments from residents worried about their safety.

There were, of course, no gang and no reasons for people to be worried but the furor created by the posts on Twitter and Facebook created a havoc of its own.

What did happen, all in the space of about two hours, was a double murder on Dairy Drive in Gallup, an aggravated battery in front of the Gallup Indian Medical Center and a man who accosted a couple in the parking lot of the Fire Rock Navajo Casino.

None of these events, however, were connected.

This night was brought to people's attention on Monday when Mia-Jon Lowley, a resident of Iyanbito, pleaded guilty in federal district court in Albuquerque to the attempted robbery at the casino.

Lowley was arrested on Sept. 20, 2012, based on a criminal complaint charging him with assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Lowley subsequently was indicted and charged with 1) assault resulting in serious bodily injury; 2) assault with a dangerous weapon, 3) and robbery in Indian country.

During Monday's proceedings, Lowley entered a guilty plea to Count 2, charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon.

Lowley admitted that on the night of March 12, 2012, he walked up to a couple in the parking lot of Fire Rock Casino, pulled out a BB gun and demanded money. He further admitted that, when the couple did not immediately comply with his demand, Lowley shot the man in the face with the BB gun.

Lowley has been in federal custody since his arrest and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled. At sentencing, Lowley faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

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