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Yosemite Squatter Suspected in Crime Spree Faces Stiff Federal Charges



Federal prosecutors accuse Devin Michael Cuellar, 28, of a 2021 felony crime spree in the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park. (Shutterstock)
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Federal prosecutors are accusing Devin Michael Cuellar, 28, of trashing and stealing from a private residence in Yosemite National Park last year, as well as breaking gun possession prohibitions.

A grand jury seated in Fresno returned a six-count indictment Thursday against Cuellar, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a drug addict in possession of a sawed-off shotgun, destruction of property, receipt of stolen property, theft, and lying to park rangers.

U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced the charges in a news release.

Home on Koon Hollar Road

According to court documents, Cuellar, a convicted felon on parole and living as a transient, broke into an empty private residence on Koon Hollar Road in Wawona and lived there for several months in summer 2021.

During that time, the residence was trashed, and a toolbox, flat-screen TV, tools, and other items were stolen from the residence. In addition, items reported stolen by other people in Wawona were found.

Suspect’s DNA on Shotgun

Court documents allege that a sawed-off shotgun with Cuellar’s DNA was found in the residence, along with ammunition. Cuellar is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition because of his carjacking and drug trafficking convictions.

If convicted, Cuellar faces a lengthy prison sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Escobar is prosecuting the case.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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