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Man Arrested on Drug and Weapon Charges After Barging into Hotel Room During Cheerleading Competiton

Enrique Arriaga, Courtesy Casper Police Dept.

A Casper man was arrested an a local hotel, after guests say he entered the room while the guests were in the hallway, and locked the door behind him, according to Casper Police.

Officers responded to the Ramada Inn on Thursday morning, and made contact with the guests. Arrest paperwork says that the guests were in Casper for the High School cheerleading competition. The guests said they were in the hall and had propped the door open, when a stranger entered the room, despite verbal protests, and shut the door behind him.

Officers responded and entered the room and made contact with the man, later identified as 20-year-old Enrique Arriaga, who was described as sitting on the bed slumped over when officers entered.

An affidavit describes Arriaga as “resisting [officers’] efforts to get him to stand up.” Because Arriaga did not have a legal reason to be in the room, officers say, he was finally handcuffed and searched.

Officers describe finding a white jewelers bag containing a white powdery substance on the floor near where Arriaga had been handcuffed. A search of Arriaga’s person also revealed a handgun and a magazine for a hand gun.

Arriaga is described in the affidavit as yelling about being an “O.G.” and a “gangsta” after he was read his Miranda rights.

Officers also say that when Arriaga was placed in a police patrol vehicle, he began beating his face against the front and side of the vehicle’s cage.

Arriaga was cleared by emergency room personnel following his arrest and was transported to the Natrona County Detention Center where he was booked on charges of Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of a Controlled Substance- Cocaine, Trespassing, and Interfering with a Police Officer.