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Hualapai Nation Tribal Member Pleads Guilty to Assault on a Federal Officer

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 08, 2012
  • District of Arizona (602) 514-7500

PHOENIX—On November 7, 2012, in federal district court in Phoenix, Jordan Reed Sumatzkuku, 25, of Peach Springs, Arizona, pleaded guilty to assault on a federal officer. Sumatzkuku’s co-defendant and sister, Raema Sumatzkuku, pleaded guilty to assault on a federal officer on September 27, 2012.

According to court records, on July 2, 2012, when a Hualapai Nation Police Officer tried to arrest Sumatzkuku’s sister on the Hualapai Reservation, Sumatzkuku grabbed the officer, knocked him to the ground, and wrestled with the officer. Sumatzkuku swung his fists at the officer during the struggle. The officer sustained a fracture to his left foot as a result of the assault.

A conviction for assault on a federal officer carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

Sentencing is set before United States District Judge David G. Campbell on January 14, 2013. Raema Sumatzkuku’s sentencing is set before Judge Campbell on December 17, 2012.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Hualapai Nation Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution is being handled by Christina J. Reid-Moore, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.