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Suspect faces 10 counts of stalking in Wyoming case

Bradley griffin (courtesy of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A 40-year old man was arrested by the Cheyenne Police Department and now faces 17 separate criminal charges, including 10 counts of felony stalking.

Paperwork obtained by the Laramie County Circuit court states that Bradley Griffin was arrested during the nighttime hours of February 6th, 2021 after he attempted to run away from police officers.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, two days earlier, on February 6th, authorities were dispatched to a residence within the city limits of Cheyenne to investigate a report of a disturbance.

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Officers made contact with an acquaintance of Griffin who alleged that he had been harassing them throughout the day.

The accuser told police that it had started earlier that morning when they found a gift left inside of their car that was allegedly left there by Griffin.

After that, the accuser said that Griffin began to text message them repeatedly.

The accuser stated that they hadn’t had the time to respond to the messages as they began to arrive, which seemed to agitate Griffin. The accuser went on to allege that messages from Griffin became increasingly aggressive and vulgar as the day progressed.

The accuser told police that Griffin had sent them approximately 280 text messages during the day. The suspect continued to send angry messages to the accuser after repeatedly being told to stop, according to the affidavit.

Court papers report that the accuser alleged to police that Griffin had shown up at their residence uninvited later that evening and pounded on their bedroom window.

It is alleged that Griffin opened the accuser’s window and shouted at them.

The accuser stated that when they told Griffin they were going to call the police that he then broke their window, causing it to shatter on the bed they were laying down on, according to court documents.

Investigators say they spoke to a neighbor of the accuser who stated they heard shouting coming from outside of their residence.

The affidavit reports that the neighbor witnessed a male crouched by the accuser’s window. The neighbor told police they observed the man break the window with his “gloved hand” and then run to a white vehicle and drive away.

According to the affidavit, Griffin is accused of sending an additional 250 text messages to the accuser between the dates of February 4th through the 6th. The accuser also reported to police that he had attempted to call them dozens of times over the same time frame.

An officer with the CPD reports observing text messages from Griffin where he threatened to get the accuser fired from their job.

The accuser then told authorities that Griffin had placed an application on their phone that he used to track where they were going. They also alleged that Griffin had found a way to “spoof” his phone number so it would appear as if another person was trying to call.

Police spoke to an acquaintance of the accuser who stated that Griffin had called them on the 6th of February and said that he was tired of being unappreciated and that he was going to “murder someone.”

Court papers say that police made contact with the accuser again on February 6th, who claimed that Griffin had been following them while they were driving. The accuser told authorities that at one point Griffin had pulled his vehicle in front of theirs and slammed on his brakes.

On the evening of February 6th, officers made contact with Griffin who was driving his white Nissan Maxima at the time, the affidavit went on to say.

When officers activated their lights it is alleged that Griffin exited his vehicle and began to run on foot. Officers located a trail of the suspect’s footprints and were able to place in custody a short time later.

According to court paperwork, the accuser late told police that in January, Griffin had physically assaulted them three different times when a verbal disagreement between them turned violent.

According to court documents, Griffin has multiple prior convictions which include:

  • Misdemeanor Stalking in Fremont County in 2007.
  • Misdemeanor Battery of a Household Member and Felony Strangulation in Sweetwater County in 2012.
  • In November of 2017, Griffin was convicted of a violation of a court order, two counts of felony violation of a protection order, felony Stalking, and a misdemeanor count of Threat of Violence in Utah.
  • In 2018 Griffin was also convicted of two counts of probation violation related to the felony Strangulation in Sweetwater County from 2012.

“Based on Griffin’s prior criminal history and his most recent actions, it is believed Griffin engaged in a course of conduct reasonably likely to harrass the accuser,” the police stated in the affidavit.

“In total from 2/3/2021 to 2/6/2021, Griffin sent the accuser over five-hundred text messages and approximately thirty-nine phone calls. Griffin destroyed their bedroom window because they were not responding to his texts and phone calls. This behavior would make any reasonable person suffer substantial fear,” the officer went on to say.

Griffin made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on February 9th, 2021 to hear the recommended ten counts of felony stalking read to him. The charges of Stalking were described as felonies due to Griffin being previously convicted of Stalking in 2017 in Utah.

According to Wyoming statutes, each count of Felony Stalking carries with it a maximum fine of up to $10,000 and a maximum of 10 years in prison.

During the same court preceedings, Griffin was also charged with misdemeanor counts of Breach of Peace, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Entry, Destruction of Property and three counts of unlawful contact.

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.