Man accused of striking, choking person; faces felony

Joshua Kyle Neatherly (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man was arrested and faces multiple charges, including a felony, after it was alleged that he struck and choked another person. It is also claimed that the man drove the accuser up Casper Mountain against their will.

Law enforcement records say that 33-year-old Joshua Kyle Neatherly was arrested during the nighttime hours of September 3rd. He has been officially charged with felony Strangulation of a Household Member. Neatherly also faces misdemeanor charges of False Imprisonment, Domestic Battery, and Interference.

Paperwork filed in Natrona County Circuit Court alleges that Neatherly physically assaulted, choked, and held a person against their will. The person was identified as living in the same home as the suspect.

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An affidavit from the Casper Police Department says that the investigation into Neatherly began on June 23, 2019 when officers responded to the report of an assault that allegedly took place on June 15.

The accuser in the case said that they were afraid that Neatherly was going to kill them during the incident, and said that they had been afraid to immediately report the incident to police, because they felt he might go after their family.

The accuser told police that Neatherly had become angry because the accuser was out at a restaurant with another person. It was reported by the accuser and witnesses that Neatherly removed his shirt and took a fighting posture in the parking lot of the restaurant.

Neatherly was convinced to leave the area, and as Neatherly and the accuser drove away, it was reported that a verbal fight began.

The fight reportedly became physical when the accuser slapped Neatherly. According to the affidavit, Neatherly began to hit the alleged victim in the face, back of the head, and back of the neck. The next thing the accuser says they remember happening, was being driven up Casper Mountain.

The affidavit goes on to describe the victim telling police that Neatherly stopped at the “Look Out Point” area of Casper Mountain, where the accuser said they jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to flee. It was reported that the suspect grabbed the accuser, wrapping his arm around their neck, and pulling them back into the vehicle.

The alleged victim says that they were afraid for their life during the incident.

It was then said that the accuser was driven back into town, where they attempted to flee the vehicle again in an apartment complex parking lot. It was reported that Neatherly again wrapped his arm around the accuser’s neck and dragged them inside of a private apartment.

While inside the apartment it was reported that Neatherly further assaulted the victim.

The accuser left the apartment later that night, and reported the incident to police several days later.

On July 31, 2019, officers say that they made contact with Neatherly via telephone and interviewed him. Police say that they asked Neatherly to meet them at the Hall of Justice building, to which it was reported Neatherly agreed. However, police say that the suspect never arrived.

After an investigation, police say that it was found that Neatherly had quit his jobs and left town. Officers report that they were unable to contact Neatherly at that time.

Investigators on the case eventually made contact with Neatherly on September 3, 2019. Officers say that the suspect was working at a Casper hotel bar. Police say that they spoke with the suspect while he was behind the bar, asking him to speak with officers away from patrons. Police then say that when asked to step away, Neatherly became angry and balled up a fist. As officers tried to gain custody of the suspect, he reportedly shouted and attempted to pull away.

During what the CPD affidavit describes as a “short scuffle,” officers say that Neatherly fell to the ground and cut his forehead. Medical personnel examined the suspect at the scene, and following his official arrest, Neatherly was transported to a nearby hospital for medical clearance.

During an interview with police, Neatherly is said to have denied removing his shirt in anger in the restaurant parking lot on June 15. He also denied having any physical altercation with the accuser.

Neatherly was eventually 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.