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Suspect making alleged threats prompts stores to close in Cheyenne Mall

Joshua Hayden-Ali (Courtesy of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office)

Cheyenne Police say that a suspect who is alleged to have threatened violence with a firearm to employees of the Frontier Mall has been arrested and faces charges.

On June 23, 2020, at approximately 1:30pm, Cheyenne Police officers were dispatched to the Frontier Mall, on Dell Range Boulevard, for a reported disturbance with a gun.

While officers were enroute, they say dispatch advised of a second disturbance report coming from the location with the same male. Officers arrived on scene and were unable to locate the suspect.

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“Officers contacted two victims at the mall. The two victims stated an African American male stopped in front of their store. The male stopped and talked about how the store was going to be next,” Cheyenne Police said in a written statement, Thursday. “The male then allegedly drew an imaginary window with his fingers, reached in his right hand pocket with his right hand, pulled out a small black revolver and pointed it at the two victims. “

The male then reportedly made a gunshot sound and walked away from the store. Police say the two victims stated they were scared and locked themselves in the back room, and called law enforcement.

“Several other reports from the mall from several different stores all reported that the male allegedly caused a disturbance. Due to the male’s actions several other stores in the mall began to close and lock their door, and have their customers and employees go to the back offices for safety,” Cheyenne PD continued.

The male was located in the 2000 block of Dell Range Boulevard, and has been identified as Joshua Hayden-Ali.

Hayden-Ali was transported to the Cheyenne Police Department for questioning and then transported to the Laramie County Detention Center where he was booked on the charges of Terroristic Threats & Aggravated Assault.

Police say that a firearm was never located.