Man suspected of shooting at Crow Indian Reservation appears on assault charges | USAO-MT

BILLINGS – A man suspected of shooting and injuring a pedestrian from his vehicle at Crow Agency on the Crow Indian Reservation made his first appearance today in connection with a criminal complaint, the attorney said Acting American 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 of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of probation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan presided. Judge Cavan ordered Dawes detained pending further proceedings.

A criminal complaint is only an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a 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 adult male victim was walking with another person, when Dawes approached in a vehicle and stopped near the victim. The victim approached the driver’s side door and engaged in a short conversation with Dawes. The government further alleged that Dawes fired a single shot at the victim, hitting him in the leg. Dawes then left the scene. The victim was treated for injuries at Crow Agency’s Indian Health Services Hospital.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Suek is pursuing the case, which has been investigated by the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Nohemi M. Moore