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Stolen vehicle, stolen firearms, gunshots and a chase preceded arrest of two men

Isaac A Dorman and Tiedon Zufelt (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper Police Department released further details in the arrest of two men on Thursday for multiple recommended felony charges.

Isaac A. Dorman was arrested and booked into the Natrona County Detention Center at approximately 8 p.m. on August 29. He faces recommended felony charges including Conspiracy and Armed Robbery, and is also being held on a misdemeanor criminal warrant.

Tiedon Zufelt was arrested on August 29, at the 300 block of Colorado Avenue and was booked into jail on recommended felony charges of Larceny, Conspiracy, and Burglary. In addition, he faces recommended charges for misdemeanor charges of Shoplifting, Attempt to Elude, and Vandalism or Destruction of Property.

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Officers write in an affidavit that on August 28th, at approximately 10:53 p.m., police were responding to an unrelated call when gunshots were heard in the area of East 1st Street and North Jackson in Casper. At that time police also observed what they believed was a red passenger car accelerate east on 1st Street away from the area of the shots.

The vehicle rapidly accelerated and police began a chase. During the chase, the vehicle reportedly ran a stop sign and eluded police.

During the chase, a pizza delivery employee had called dispatch to report shots being fired in connection with a stolen vehicle.

The pizza driver said their silver Chevrolet Cruze was parked in front of the pizzeria unlocked with the engine running. The driver went inside the business to collect a delivery and stopped to talk with a co-worker.

The pizza driver then said that they saw their vehicle drive off and head east on 1st Street. Employees of the store ran after the vehicle, and it was reported that a dark SUV pulled directly behind the stolen vehicle when three gunshots were heard.

The pizza driver reported that two firearms were in the vehicle at the time of the theft, as well as a body armor plate carrier with level III plates.

Law enforcement  reportedly flooded the area searching for the described red passenger car. Eventually police did locate the stolen silver Chevrolet Cruze in an alleyway adjacent to North Colorado Avenue near University Park School. Also seen was a blue Toyota.

Police say that they approached the silver Cruze and observed one male occupant in the driver’s seat. The suspect driver was said to have briefly shown his hands when given commands, but then started the vehicle and “floored it,” according to the police affidavit.

The Cruze rammed a CPD patrol vehicle, removing the rear driver’s side fender. The Cruze is then said to have fled the area nearly striking another patrol vehicle.

Officers lost the silver Cruze in the area of Country Club and East 4th Street.

The empty silver Cruze was eventually located in an alley east of Trigood Drive. Officers say that one firearm was found, but another firearm was missing along with the body armor plate carrier.

Law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions continued a search for the described red passenger vehicle. They located a 2008 blue Toyota passenger car parked in the alley where officers had initially made contact with the stolen Cruze. No persons were located with the Toyota.

The Toyota was secured and towed to the CPD impound lot.

Police reviewed body camera footage of the contact with the driver of the stolen Cruze and investigators identified the suspect as Zufelt, who was being investigated on a separate vehicle theft conspiracy.

Officers began a surveillance of a home on the 300 block of North Colorado Avenue, on August 29. The address was known by police to be linked to the separate vehicle theft conspiracy.

During the surveillance police made contact with Dorman, who was seen leaving the home. Dorman was identified as having an active warrant for his arrest and taken into custody.

A search warrant was granted for the North Colorado home and executed during the afternoon of August 29.

Casper Police as well as the Special Response Team executed the warrant, blocking off a portion of Colorado Street and vacating nearby homes. Law enforcement announced themselves using loudspeakers, and during the execution of the search warrant Zufelt was taken into custody.

A search of the Colorado Avenue home yielded what officers describe as an “AK-47 style rifle” and a black tactical shotgun that was hidden in the attic.

The shotgun is believed to have been stolen in a shoplifting from a sporting goods store on August 28, 2019.

Police say that in the shoplifting case two young males entered the store. One is said to have distracted store employees and the other was said to have taken the shotgun. The men left the store in a blue passenger vehicle.

Officers interviewed both Dorman And Zufelt in custody. Both men reported that on the night of August 28, they were driving in a blue Toyota that belonged to an acquaintance with the intention of obtaining methamphetamine.

The suspects say that they were unable to find any methamphetamine, but observed the running vehicle at the pizzeria while they were driving around.

It was reported by the suspects that Dorman asked Zufelt if he wanted to steal the silver Chevrolet Cruze with the intention of burglarizing the vehicle of its contents.

After confirming that the Cruze was unoccupied, Dorman parked the blue Toyota near Jefferson and East 1st Streets in Casper, then Zufelt got out of the blue Toyota and took the Cruze. Zufelt was reported to have left a shotgun in the blue Toyota.

Dorman also admitted to observing another male, presumably the owner of the Cruze, chasing after them on foot. Dorman told officers that he fired three warning shots to scare the individual with what the affidavit describes as “an AK-47 style rifle.”

Dorman then said that he abandoned the blue Toyota and took the firearms to the home on Colorado Avenue, where he hid them in the attic.

Zufelt is reported to have told officers that he had shoplifted the shotgun with another male, and had taken a handgun from the inside of the Chevrolet Cruze. Zufelt said that he had hidden the gun behind the drywall at the Colorado Avenue home. Police report finding the gun as described by Zufelt.

“The red passenger car is believed to be the blue Toyota,” said Rebekah Ladd, Public Information Officer for the Casper Police Department. “As it was pitch dark, we think it was just a misidentification of the color.”

As for the dark SUV reported by the pizza driver, Ladd says it was likely a police cruiser responding to the call.

Both Zufelt and Dorman were formally arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center. They both await initial appearances in Natrona County Circuit Court to hear the official charges against them.

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. Information is provided by the Casper Police Department and the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office.

Undated pictures of Tiedon Zufelt and Isaac Dorman provided by Casper Police in the hours following the men’s arrest. Updated booking photos were provided later. The scene photo shows Casper Police officers blocking off Colorado Avenue to execute a search warrant, related to the arrest of Dorman and Zufelt. (Scene photo by Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)