Man arrested for strangulation, hitting person with frying pan; alleges accuser attacked him

Eric Christopher Bain (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man accused of strangling a person and hitting them with a frying pan, denied those accusations to police, but was arrested during the early morning hours of September 2, 2019.

Police say that Eric Christopher Bain was arrested on Monday and faces recommended charges of Domestic Battery and Strangulation of a Household Member.

Police say that they received a call from a person who lived with Bain, accusing Bain of strangling them and hitting them with a frying pan.

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According to an affidavit filed in the case, the accuser says that Bain had been drinking and was cooking steak on a frying pan, at approximately 4:15 am, September 2. It is alleged that Bain became angry and used the pan to hit the accuser several times.

Bain was alleged to have been smoking a cigarette during the altercation, which fell and burned the accuser. Bain was then said to have dropped the pan, and grabbed the accuser by the neck with his hand.

The strangulation is said to have lasted 5 to 6 seconds, during which the alleged victim said that they became light headed and were unable to breathe.

The accuser is said to have broken away from Bain, but that Bain again grabbed them by the neck, causing the accuser to feel dizzy.

It was then alleged that the suspect hit the accuser on the side of the head four times with a closed fist.

The accuser let the apartment and got a ride from a neighbor to a local hospital.

Police observed bruises on the back sides of the accuser’s arms, where it was said that the pan had contacted the accuser. Police also not swollen marks on the accuser’s head and small red marks on their neck.

Later that morning police contacted Bain who denied hitting the accuser with the pan. The affidavit says that Bain told officers that the accuser had attacked him with the pan, and would not let him leave the home. Bain claimed that he had been hit with the pan several times, by the accuser.

Police note that Bain did not have any visible injuries.

Police also note that Bain had dark stains on his hands, which Bain said was from the accuser’s hair dye. The suspect initially claimed that he did not know how the dye was deposited on his hands, but later said that it happened when he was defending himself.

Bain was ultimately arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center.

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.