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September 24, 2021

FBI Media Alert: FBI Arrests Rock Springs, New Mexico Man on Federal Charges

The FBI has made a probable cause arrest of Rumaldo Peshlakai, 41, of Rock Springs, New Mexico, on a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and a felon in possession of ammunition.

FBI special agents arrested Peshlakai in Gallup on Friday, September 24, 2021.

Peshlakai was apprehended after he allegedly took his four children after a domestic dispute with his wife Thursday, triggering the Navajo Nation to issue an Amber Alert.

His abandoned vehicle was located in the Tsayatoh, New Mexico area and the children were found safe.

“When it comes to missing children, the FBI does not hesitate to use whatever resources are needed to make sure they are quickly returned unharmed to their loved ones,” said Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of the Albuquerque FBI Division. “We are pleased these four children have been found and are safe. This successful outcome was due to the great work of the Albuquerque and Phoenix FBI field offices, the New Mexico State Police, Navajo Police Department, McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.”

Peshlakai is expected to have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque at a date yet to be scheduled.