Native Village of Stevens, Alaska


An Arizona man wanted by the FBI on a sexual abuse charge was taken into custody by State Troopers, one week after he wandered into Stevens Village. Trooper Sgt. Tim Schoenberg said residents called troopers about a suspicious man who entered the village of about 100 people on the Yukon River 100 miles northwest of Fairbanks. He identified himself as Titus Begay from Arizona. "When a Native American from the Lower 48 walks into a village, they perceive this as a little unusual," Schoenberg said. The description 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 a reservation two years ago. Schoenberg and another trooper flew out to the village April 30 and waited for Dailey to return from a snowmobile trip and accompanied him to his room where they found two guns. He was charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun. Dailey was taken to Fairbanks and fingerprinted, all the while claiming he was Begay, Schoenberg said. "He was cooperative, just not talkative and basically lied the whole way until we got the fingerprints. He basically changed his name and added tattoos to himself to disguise his looks."