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Fugitive Cruze White surrenders, makes first court appearance in Bemidji

Cruze Anthony White, 22, who has been a federal fugitive wanted in connection with the Nov. 3 killing of one man and the wounding of two others on the Red Lake Indian Reservation surrendered himself to authorities late Monday night.

Investigators had been aggressively trying to locate White since he was charged Nov. 17. An FBI agent interviewed a member of White's family Friday, Jan. 21. Red Lake Police officers followed up on two tips on White's whereabouts Monday afternoon, but did not locate him. A short time later, White contacted a deputy U.S. marshal in order to arrange a surrender. At approximately 7:25 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, White surrendered to the deputy marshal and FBI agents on a highway l on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. He was taken into federal custody without incident.

White, 22, of Redby, made his initial appearance at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in U.S. District Court in Bemidji before Federal Magistrate Mary Klein.

White entered the courtroom wearing a long red T-shirt, baggy pants and handcuffs. He wept as he read the indictment against him. However, he responded when Judge Klein read him his right to remain silent and have an attorney appointed to represent him if he couldn't afford to hire one.

White testified that he had no income and no assets. Klein said she was aware of the interview White had prior to the hearing with a court officer, and she is satisfied that he would be unable to hire an attorney.

Klein also said she is obliged to honor the government motion for detention for White. He remains in custody in the Beltrami County Jail pending his detention hearing and arraignment Thursday, Jan. 27, in U.S. District Court in St. Paul before Judge Jeanne Graham.

White was indicted last week, along with Donald Leigh Clark Jr., 22, also of Redby. They were charged in relation to the murder and assault Nov. 3 in Redby with one count of second-degree murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, and one count of discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence.

According to the indictments:

On Nov. 3, White and Clark killed Julian Keith DeMarrias and assaulted DeMarrias' brother, Jerrick DeMarrias, and Orland Spears, both 19 of Redby.

The Red Lake Tribal Police Department responded to a reported shooting on November 3. They found three adult men in and around a vehicle, all with gunshot wounds. The men were taken to Indian Health Services, where Julian DeMarrias was pronounced dead.

The three men met Clark and White and got out of their as Clark and White got out of their own vehicle, assault rifles in hand, and began shooting. One victim was shot three times, while a second was shot six times. At the scene, police found 11 7.62 millimeter shell casings along with five expended shells from a 2-gauge shotgun.

On Nov. 10, one week after the shooting, police found Clark's vehicle abandoned in an old graveyard in Redby. Clark remained a federal fugitive until he was arrested Jan. 15 in Redby. Police officers found him hiding in the back seat of another vehicle, under a blanket.

If convicted, Clark and White face a potential maximum penalty of life in prison on the murder charge; 20 years on each assault with intent to commit murder count; 10 years on the assault with a dangerous weapon charge; and a 10-year consecutive sentence on the discharge of a firearm charge. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Red Lake Tribal Police Department, with assistance from the Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.

Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.