Suspect in Interference case faces additional recommended felony drug charges

Michael A Perez (courtesy of the Casper Police Dept)

CASPER, Wyo. —  A Mills man, who was arrested in Casper on a charge of Interference, is also facing recommended felony drug charges, after the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation was brought in.

36-year-old Michael A. Perez was arrested during the late night hours on October 6, 2019. Police say that he was arrested at a hotel on the 300 block of West F Street, in Casper. At that time, he was recommended for charges of Interference with a Police Officer.

Jail records indicate that since making his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court to hear the Interference charge, Perez has also been recommended for felony charges including Attempt to Conspire, Methamphetamine Possession, and Controlled Substance Possession. All of the new charges were recommended at the felony level.

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Perez also is also in jail on a felony Hold for Wyoming Probation and Parole.

The details surrounding the new charges have not been released, and Perez is expected to hear the formal charges against him during an initial appearance Tuesday afternoon.

Casper Police say that Perez was initially arrested at approximately 10:30 pm, Sunday.

The arrest stemmed from what was described as a “drug investigation” at a Casper hotel, according to the arresting officers. Police say that they knew that Perez had an active P & P arrest and hold, and had received information that Perez was inside a room at the hotel.

When approaching the room, police say they saw another man round the corner, and begin shewing away an unknown person down an adjacent corridor.

Police report that they rounded the corner and saw Perez walking rapidly down the hallway, away from officers. According to an affidavit filed in the case, Perez refused to stop for officers when asked, instead turning around and walking rapidly backwards, with his hands in the pockets of a hooded sweatshirt.

Officers report catching Perez, who reportedly tried to twist and pull away from officers. The affidavit went on to say that Perez was ultimately taken into custody for the P & P Hold as well as a recommended charge of Interference.

According to the affidavit, approximately $5,900 was found in cash on Perez’s person, and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation reportedly seized the currency as part of  what was described as “an on-going investigation.”

The police affidavit did not indicate if the money was linked to the most recent recommended felony charges.

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.