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Authorities round up defendants on Navajo Nation

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Authorities have rounded up nearly a dozen people
charged with felony crimes on the Navajo Nation ranging from kidnapping to
voluntary manslaughter.

City, state, tribal and federal authorities fanned out across the western
portion of the reservation in search of the defendants over the past two weeks.

McDonald Rominger is the head of the FBI’s office in Flagstaff. He says several
people were picked up Wednesday. Two others were taken into custody last week,
and federal authorities placed detainers on two men already in jail.

Rominger says one person authorities had been seeking in Tuba City on
kidnapping and assault charges couldn’t be found. Rominger says most of the
crimes occurred within the past year.

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Cosme Lopez says the court documents in the
cases are sealed.

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