Natrona County Sheriff’s officials say that a man was arrested and booked on recommended charges including Aggravated Assault, after it was alleged he held a blade to the accuser’s throat.
According to NCSO paperwork, 41-year-old Aaron Lantis was arrested during the night of March 5, 2019. In addition to the recommended Aggravated Assault charge, the suspect also faces recommended charges of Domestic Battery and Strangulation of a Household Member.
Deputies responded to a call just after 9:00 pm, Tuesday. The reporting party said that a man was arguing with another person outside of a vehicle that was parked in the roadway near Salt Creek Parkway and English Avenue.
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The alleged victim told the reporting party that the suspect had hit them and held a knife to their throat.
The accuser in the case told deputies that they were in a dating relationship with Lantis. The accuser said that the two of them had been drinking at a private residence for several hours, before leaving.
During the drive home, it was reported that Lantis and the accuser got into an argument. The accuser said that Lantis became irate and stopped the car, before both of them exited and Lantis allegedly attacked the accuser.
The accuser said that they were pushed down, with Lantis pinning the alleged victim to the ground. It was claimed that Lantis held his forearm to the accuser’s neck, making it difficult to breathe.
It is further alleged that Lantis retrieved a box cutter from his pocket, opened the blade, and pressed the blade against the accuser’s neck.
The accuser told deputies that they feared for their life and felt as if they were going to pass out, due to the pressure on their neck.
The accuser said that they tried to fight back by hitting and scratching at Lantis’ face, but was unable to defend against the attack. During the incident, it was said that a vehicle began to approach, and Lantis released the alleged victim. The accuser then said that they stood up and attempted to flag down the passing vehicle, but the vehicle did not stop.
Lantis is then accused of attacking the alleged victim, again. It was reported that he pushed the accuser to the ground, again pinning the accuser’s neck with his forearm, and placed the blade to their throat.
An affidavit in the case says that the accuser reported that another vehicle approached, causing Lantis to cease the attack and stand up.
The driver of the vehicle stopped, and asked about the situation. Lantis was said to have left the area, and the accuser asked the driver to call 911.
Deputies say that Lantis was located in a vacant field near the 1600 block of English Avenue. Lantis told Sheriffs officials that he had two knives on his person, which were located by investigators.
The affidavit says that officials recovered a plain, silver pocket knife and a folding box cutter.
Deputies report that there was blood smeared on the box cutter.
Lantis was described as having dried blood and scratches on his face. Deputies say the blood appeared to be from several superficial abrasions and possibly a bloody nose and lip. Lantis claimed that he had been beat up by the accuser.
The suspect was eventually arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center.
During the course of the investigation, the NCSO says that it was discovered that the accuser had given them an incorrect name upon initial contact. After confirming the accuser’s identity, it was discovered that the accuser was wanted on an outstanding warrant.
After being medically cleared and released from an area hospital, the accuser was also arrested on their outstanding warrant.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.