Federal fugitives arrested in Siletz


On Aug. 29, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was made aware that a suspect in an attempted murder from the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota was residing in the Siletz area. At that time, investigators from the Oglala Sioux Tribe were working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to acquire extraditable warrants for George Dull Knife and Kimberlee Pitawanakwat.

On Sept. 24, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were notified by the Minneapolis FBI field office that the warrants for Dull Knife and Pitawanakwat had been issued. 

Information led deputies to believe the two were associated with an apartment in Siletz. Deputies watched the apartment and verified both suspects were present. Several deputies responded to the location and took the two suspects into custody without incident. 

Dull Knife, 24, of South Dakota, was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on a charge of fugitive from another state related to outstanding federal warrants for discharge of firearm during/in relation to a crime of violence, assault with intent to murder and assault with a dangerous weapon. No bail was authorized.

Pitawanakwat, 40, of Siletz, was also lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on a charge of fugitive from another state related to outstanding federal warrants for false statements and accessory after the fact. No bail was authorized. 

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