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Cheyenne man faces Agg Assault charge after chase

Yazil Gauna (Courtesy of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A 23-year old Cheyenne man was arrested by law enforcement and now stands accused of multiple felony charges, which include Aggravated Assault and Property Destruction stemming from an incident that reportedly took place last June.

According to the Cheyenne Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence within the Cheyenne city limits on June 10th, 2020 to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance.

Authorities say that when they arrived at the residence they saw Yzail Gauna attempt to leave the area in his car. The officer activated their overhead lights to try to conduct a traffic stop on Gauna, but he refused to stop.

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An affidavit filed in the case reports that Gauna led the officer on a high-speed pursuit that resulted in the suspect failing to stop at a red light on the intersection of College Dr. and South Greeley Ave. Gauna then hit the tractor portion of a semi-truck which caused his vehicle to spin around, ultimately crashing into a parked car in a nearby parking lot.

The estimated damage to the parked car was estimated to be approximately $2,000, according to the affidavit.

“Gauna fled the scene on foot and did not provide any insurance or information. An extensive search of the area for Gauna was conducted, but he was not located,” the officer pursuing reported.

Law enforcement made contact with an accuser at the original residence who told them that Gauna assaulted them after a verbal argument between them turned physical, according to paperwork filed in Laramie County Circuit Court.

The accuser alleged to police that when they attempted to walk away from Gauna during the argument he repeatedly grabbed them to not let them get away,

The accuser went on to claim to authorities that eventually Gauna grabbed them by the hair “hard” in order to prevent them from leaving.

No information was made available for how law enforcement arrested Gauna.

Gauna made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on Friday, July 10th, 2020 to be read the recommended charges of Aggravated Assault, Felony Property Destruction and a misdemeanor count of Eluding to him.

During the same proceedings, Gauna was also read felony charges of Aggravated Burglary and Theft from an unrelated incident that he had been wanted by law enforcement for since May of 2019.

According to a sworn affidavit, it is alleged that Gauna had stolen an unattended idiling vehicle on May 19th, 2020. A Glock 19 9mm pistol was reported as being inside of the vehicle at the time it was taken.

Court papers say that the vehicle was later recovered, but the pistol remained missing.

If convicted on all felony charges from both incidents, Gauna could face up to 55 years in prison and or a fine of up to 70k.

No bond information was available at this time.

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.