FARMINGTON — A Shiprock man suspected of shooting a woman in the face in Fruitland earlier this month is still at large, and the FBI is offering a reward for information that leads to his arrest.
Patrick Lynn Benally, 25, is wanted on suspicion of assault resulting in serious bodily injury; assault with a dangerous weapon; and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime. The shooting took place at a housing complex in Fruitland on the Navajo Nation on Oct. 10, FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said in a news release.
The woman was shot in the face at around 4 a.m. and was treated at a hospital. Her identify, current whereabouts and condition have not been released.
A warrant for Benally's arrest was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Lorenzo Garcia in Albuquerque the day of the shooting. Fisher said it is FBI policy to keep arrest warrants sealed until an arrest has been made.
Fisher said Benally has relatives in Durango, Colo., but he also may be on the Navajo Nation or elsewhere in New Mexico.
The FBI describes him as a 5 feet 5 inches tall and 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
He is considered armed and dangerous.
Benally was convicted in April in Farmington Magistrate Court of misdemeanor assault on a peace officer, according to a state court website.
The FBI is offering a $1,500 reward for information that leads to his arrest and conviction.
Anyone who sees Benally is asked not to approach him, but instead to call the Albuquerque FBI at 505-889-1300 or send the tip online at tips.fbi.gov.