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Second arrest made, details released in Casper kidnapping case

Lucas Anthony Sanchez and Zachary Bryan (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. —  Casper police are saying that a second suspect has been arrested in a case connected to the alleged kidnapping of an adult in Casper on April 2, 2020.

Zachary Bryan, age 29, was arrested by the Casper Police Department, after being taken into custody by the PD on April 6, 2020.

Police say that Bryan’s arrest is related to the arrest of 29-year-old Lucas Anthony Sanchez, who was formally charged on April 3, 2020 with felony charges of Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Robbery, and Kidnapping. Sanchez was also charged with misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance.

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“Casper Police Detectives learned Zachary [Bryan] was involved in the crime. On 4/6/2020 [Bryan] was located and spoke with Casper Police Detectives. After the interview [Bryan] was arrested,” said Casper Police Department Sergeant Joey Wilhelm.

Bryan was recommended for charges of of Robbery, Felonious Restraint, and Battery.

It is alleged that both Sanchez and Bryan were present in a private home, during the early morning hours of April 2, 2020; where it’s alleged that Sanchez robbed and was in a physical altercation with an adult victim who reportedly had come over for a visit.

Police say that the victim in the case had been messaging with an acquaintance via Facebook, and had agreed to meet the acquaintance at a home on Honeysuckle Street in Casper. Upon arrival the victim claimed to meet with the acquaintance, but while inside the home was confronted by Sanchez.

Sanchez claimed to be romantically involved with the acquaintance and is alleged to have taken offense that the victim had been messaging them. It was reported that Sanchez struck the accuser in the head, and then demanded the accuser remove everything from their pockets.

The victim said they refused to empty their pockets, and Sanchez began striking them again. While moving around a pool table in the center of the room, the victim claims that they were blocked by another male, later identified as Bryan.

During a physical altercation between the accuser, Sanchez, and Bryan; it is alleged that the three fell to the floor and a television was knocked over. The accuser then says that he continued to be struck by Sanchez and Bryan before pleading with them to stop and offering money.

Sanchez reportedly took $100 and an iPhone from the accuser before it was decided that the accuser would be taken to an ATM where they would be able to withdraw money.

An affidavit filed in Circuit Court in the case against Sanchez says that the victim had attempted to call 911 from the iPhone but was warned by Sanchez not to. It was alleged that Sanchez made statements about knowing where the accuser lived, or being able to find out. The victim reported that during this conversation Sanchez was holding, but not brandishing a knife.

The accuser then says they were instructed to sit in the rear passenger side seat of a pickup truck, and was driven to a bank near the intersection of CY Avenue and Talon Drive, in Casper.

Police reports say that the accuser “knew he had to try to flee when he got to the ATM because the card was broken and he would not be able to get the money out.”

The affidavit goes on to say that the accuser exited the car to approach the ATM, before making a break for it. It was reported that the victim was able to get away and walked home from the incident. After contacting family the accuser is said to have called dispatch and gone to an area hospital to be examined.

Officers report serving a search warrant at the Honeysuckle Street address where they made contact with Sanchez. Police say that the accuser’s phone case was located but found to be empty. A phone of unidentified make was also found and described being burned and broken, however persons inside the home claimed ownership of the broken phone.

Police also report finding a bag of suspected methamphetamine, the contents of which weighed .7 grams. Sanchez was reportedly the only person in the room with the suspected methamphetamine.

Police say that Sanchez claimed he has messaged the accuser inviting them over, but did it from the phone of his significant other. Sanchez alleged the accuser had been messaging the significant other about meeting for a sexual rendezvous.

The affidavit describes Sanchez as claiming to have slapped the accuser and saying that he “whooped [their] ass,” when they came over. During the fight Sanchez claimed that the a video game console and a television were broken, and that the accuser had offered to pay for them, before leaving of of his own volition while Sanchez stayed at the home.

Police say that surveillance video taken from the ATM in question showed a person with a tattoo, matching one that Sanchez has, in the vehicle at the time that the accuser can be seen fleeing the area.

Sanchez was arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center, and was officially charged in Natrona County Circuit Court last week.

Bryan was arrested just before 1:00 pm on February 6, 2020. He will be formally charged in Natrona County Circuit Court at a later hearing.

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.