Farmington, NM - Deputies and Investigators with the United States
Marshals Service Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) Task Force
arrested Murder Suspect Evander Tsosie on the morning of May 22, 2012. Tsosie
was wanted for the stabbing death of Nathan Lee on March 29, 2012.
The Farmington Police Department Detective Division requested assistance from
the SWIFT Task Force in the apprehension of Tsosie, believing he fled to the
Navajo Reservation to avoid apprehension. Task Force Officers assigned to the
SWIFT Taskforce requested formal Extradition from the Navajo Nation Criminal
Prosecutors Office and received Extradition approval for Tsosie on 05/21/2012.
Tsosie was believed to be residing on the Navajo Reservation approximately 3
Miles NW of Blue Gap store in Blue Gap/Pinon, AZ. SWIFT Task Force Officers and
Deputy United States Marshals from the District of Arizona Flagstaff sub office
and Navajo Nation Criminal Investigators were able to locate and apprehend
Tsosie. Tsosie will have an extradition hearing with the Navajo Nation before
being released into State custody.
United States Marshal Conrad E. Candelaria stated “with lightning like speed,
the Marshals Service is prepared to respond at any stage of an investigation
that can result in the apprehension of a dangerous fugitive, this arrest is
another testament to the effectiveness of the Marshals Service and the
extraordinary partnerships with local, county, state and tribal law enforcement
agencies; adding to the efficiency of the Marshals Service is the ability to
reach out to any of the 94 federal districts and obtain the assistance of the
Marshals Service personnel to assist with the investigation of any potential
leads that may result in the arrests of dangerous fugitives”.
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