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Dayish was arrested by Durango police for alleged sex assault


FARMINGTON — A local filmmaker from Shiprock was arrested by the Durango, Colo. police Saturday on accusations of sexual assault.

Kody Dayish, 29, was arrested around 6:02 p.m. Saturday by officers for the Durango Police Department, according to Commander Ray Shupe.

Dayish is accused of a fourth-class felony of sexual assault (overcome victim's will) and a second-class misdemeanor of false imprisonment, according to court records. 

He is being held on a $250,000 bond at the La Plata County Detention Center, according to La Plata County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Burke.

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Shupe said a 24-year-old woman called police around 12:35 a.m. on Saturday reporting the alleged incident.

He declined to share additional information victim's report or about the victim.

Dayish was interviewed by Durango police Saturday and was later arrested at the police station following the interview.

A short film Dayish directed called "Spared" was shown twice, on Thursday evening and again on Saturday morning, as part of the 13th Annual Durango Independent Film Festival, according to the festival's website.

"Spared" was shown during a block of short films titled "Native Cinema Program 2 – Our Backyard," the website states.

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Dayish debuted his first project, a 12-minute short called "The Beginning" at a screening at the Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles in November 2016, according to the Daily Times archives.

At the festival, he won the best Emerging First Time Director award.

His first feature-length film is called "The Red Hogaan," described as a horror film based on tales Dayish along with his siblings heard from their grandparents. 

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at

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