BILLINGS – A man suspected of shooting and injuring a pedestrian from his vehicle at the Crow agency on the Crow Indian Reservation appeared for the first time in a criminal complaint today, the Acting US Attorney Leif M. Johnson.
Fabian Cruz Dawes, 31, passing through, is accused by a criminal complaint of assault with a dangerous weapon. If convicted of the most serious crime, Dawes faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $ 250,000 and three years of supervised release.
US magistrate judge Timothy J. Cavan presided. Justice Cavan ordered Dawes’ detention pending further proceedings.
A criminal complaint is only an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.
In a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in the case, the government alleged that on April 7, near the Teepee Service gas station and a laundromat at Crow Agency, the victim, an adult male, was walking with a other person, when Dawes approached in a vehicle and stopped near the victim. The victim approached the driver’s side door and struck up a short conversation with Dawes. The government further alleged that Dawes fired a single shot at the victim, hitting her in the leg. Dawes then left the scene. The victim was treated for injuries at Indian Health Services Hospital at Crow Agency.
Assistant US Attorney Lori Suek is pursuing the case, which has been investigated by the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.