Arizona fugitive arrested in Stevens Village

Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Arizona man wanted by the FBI was taken into custody by Alaska State Troopers Sunday, one week after he wandered into Stevens Village.

Trooper Sgt. Tim Schoenberg said residents of Stevens Village called troopers on Friday regarding a suspicious man who entered the village of about 100 people, located on the Yukon River 100 miles northwest of Fairbanks.

The man identified himself as Titus Begay from Arizona. Villagers grew suspicious of the man and called FBI agents in Flagstaff, Ariz., Schoenberg said.

''When a Native American from the Lower 48 walks into a village, they perceive this as a little unusual,'' Schoenberg said.

The description given to agents matched that of 38-year-old Amos Dailey, a man the FBI had been looking for regarding a sexual abuse of a minor complaint that was made on an Indian reservation two years ago, Schoenberg said.

Schoenberg and another trooper flew out to the village on Sunday and waited for Dailey to return from a snowmobile trip. They accompanied him to the room in which he had been staying and found two guns in the room. He was charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun.

Dailey was brought back to Fairbanks and fingerprinted. All the while, he still claimed he was Titus Begay, Schoenberg said.

''He was cooperative, just not talkative and basically lied the whole way until we got the fingerprints,'' Schoenberg said.

After the fingerprints positively identified him, he admitted to being Amos Dailey, Schoenberg said.

''He basically changed his name and added tattoos to himself to disguise his looks,'' Schoenberg said.

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