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Police seek public’s help in hunt for rape suspect

Courtesy Gallup Police Department
Dustin Shane Hopper, 31, is wanted by the Gallup Police Department and the Apache County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly sexually assaulting two women in two separate incidents.


The Gallup Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Fort Worth, Texas man suspected of rape.

The department has issued an arrest warrant for Dustin Hopper, 31, on suspicion of two counts of criminal sexual penetration in the third degree (force or coercion) and one count Criminal sexual penetration (force or coercion) with a deadly weapon, Capt. Erin Toadena-Pablo wrote in a statement.

The first incident is alleged to have occurred in Gallup on Aug. 11. Ten days later, Hopper allegedly sexually assaulted another female in Fort Defiance with a firearm in hand, according to Cdr. Roscoe Herrera with the Apache County Sheriff’s Department. The sheriff’s department also issued an arrest warrant for Hopper. Herrera said Hopper is a traveling nurse.

Courtesy Gallup Police Department

Gallup Police say Dustin Shane Hopper, 31, is driving a dark colored 2014 Nissan Xterra similar to this one and maybe headed to Fort Worth, Texas. He is wanted for two alleged sexual assaults and is considered armed and dangerous.

Toadlena-Pablo stated Hopper, who is 5’8, 160 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair, may be heading back to Fort Worth in a dark gray 2014 Nissan Xterra, with Texas license plate MCG3360.

If seen, the police say to not approach Hopper, and to call police instead.

He is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about Hopper is encouraged to call the Gallup Police Department at 505-863-9365, Metro Dispatch at 505-722-2002, or your local law enforcement agency.

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