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Suspect Arrested In Assault On Federal Official On Navajo Nation


Authorities say they have arrested Cecil Vijil, Jr., who was wanted in connection with an assault on a federal officer on the Navajo Nation.  The FBI says he was arrested Sunday night in Towaoc, Colorado on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation near the Four Corners.  Law Enforcement officers say he was arrested without incident.

Authorities say on April 30, 2020, an FBI special agent and a San Juan County, Utah Sheriff’s deputy went to Vijil’s home near Aneth, Utah, on the Navajo Nation, as part of an investigation into another crime. That’s when Vijil allegedly fired multiple rounds at the special agent and deputy.  No one was injured.

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