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Suspect who allegedly escaped during 2019 Cheyenne chase is located, arrested

Robert Yetsick II (courtesy of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office)

A suspect who allegedly escaped capture during a Cheyenne chase in November of 2019 is now in law enforcement custody.

Robert Allen Yetsick II, born in 1988, was arrested and transported to the Laramie County Detention Center on July 6, after agents with Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation found Yetsick reportedly hiding in the crawlspace of a Cheyenne residence.

Yetsick was charged during a July 8, 2020 hearing in Laramie County Circuit Court. The charges include felony Conspiracy to Manufacture, Deliver, or Possess Heroin; misdemeanor Eluding; and misdemeanor Receiving Stolen Property.

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According to Circuit Court paperwork, Wyoming DCI received a tip that Yetsick was possibly at a residence on Cox Road in Cheyenne.

“Agents applied for a search warrant for the residence with the subject of finding Yetsick, due to him being a flight risk and having previously eluded law enforcement on numerous arrest warrants out of Laramie County.” DCI agents wrote in an affidavit filed in Circuit Court.

Upon a July 6, 2020 execution of the search warrant on the residence, agents report finding several occupants inside the home. One person, identified as Veronica M. Hodgins, was subsequently arrested and charged in another case. Hodgins’ charges include Child Endangerment with Controlled Substances, a felony.

Agents say that Yetsick was eventually found “hiding in a crawl space in the basement,” and was taken into custody. During the search for Yetsick, agents report seeing several items they describe as “related to the use and distribution of controlled substances.” Court papers specifically cite marijuana and methamphetamine related paraphernalia.

“Agents secured all the occupants and applied for an additional search warrant related to the controlled substances inside the residence,” agents write in an affidavit filed in the arrest of Hodgins.

A subsequent search is reported to have yielded several jeweler’s bags containing suspected methamphetamine and multiple containers of raw marijuana.

Agents go on to say that during an interview with Yetsick, the suspect confirmed involvement in the distribution of controlled substances, and that he had used methamphetamine in the home.

DCI has identified Yetsick as a suspect in a series of events that led to a chase with law enforcement and the arrest of another individual in November of 2019.

Alexis Norton had been identified to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, by a confidential informant, as a source of heroin in the Cheyenne area.  It’s reported that on November 10, 2019 agents received reports that Norton was going to sell heroin to individuals in Laramie County. 

Following a surveillance, agents attempted to arrest Norton with the assistance of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Norton was identified as a passenger in a vehicle, which failed to yield to troopers. Wyoming DCI says they suspect the driver was Yetsick.

Due to the suspect vehicle traveling through a residential area, the pursuit was ultimately terminated. Norton was found by law enforcement standing in a driveway near Leishar and Snyder, in Cheyenne. The vehicle was also found a short distance away. After an investigation, the owner of the vehicle was identified as Yetsick.

The suspect vehicle was also reportedly found to have a license plate affixed, that had been taken from another vehicle. The driver was not located at the scene.

Following Norton’s November arrest, DCI says that they found evidence, including text messages, that indicated Yetsick had met with Norton to sell her heroin.

If found guilty of Conspiracy to Manufacture, Deliver or Possess Heroin; a suspect could face penalties of up to 20 years incarceration, a fine up to $25,000 or both.

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 Laramie County District Attorney’s Office.

Veronica M Hodgins (courtesy of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office)
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