Cheyenne Man faces Aggravated Assault, Strangulation charges following arrest

Elias David Pacheco (Courtesy of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A 32-year old Cheyenne man is facing felony charges on an allegation that he physically assaulted another person and then intentionally rammed his vehicle into theirs.

Elias David Pacheco made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on February 24th, 2021 to hear felony charges of Aggravated Assault and Strangulation of a Household Member read to him by Judge Williams.

Pacheco was also read a misdemeanor count of Property Destruction during the same court proceedings, according to paperwork filed in Laramie County Circuit Court.

On January 28th, 2021, officers with the Cheyenne Police Department responded to a report of a physical disturbance, according to a sworn affidavit.

Court documents say that police made contact with an accuser who alleged that Pacheco had pulled their hair multiple times, slammed them to the ground, struck them with an open hand to the head and face repeatedly, and kicked them.

The accuser also alleged to authorities that then the suspect had gotten on top of them and placed his hand around their neck and squeezed, while covering their nose and mouth, court paperwork reveals.

The reporting party told officers that they could not breathe for several moments during the alleged attack.

Police say the accuser stated that they fled the location of the reported assault in their vehicle. The accuser advised law enforcement that they were traveling eastbound on 5th Street when their vehicle was struck “intentionally” by the suspect’s work vehicle.

Court documents report that the accuser was able to identify Pacheco’s work vehicle as it had the landscaping decal of the company he worked for on his driver’s side door.

During the interview, police said they had observed red marks on the neck of the accuser.

“The appearance of the red marks appeared to be consistent with being strangled. There were multiple red marks on the side of their neck,” an officer stated in the affidavit.

Officers also report in court papers to observe bruising on the reporting party’s lip and feet.

When inspecting the vehicle of the accuser, investigators state they noticed that the rear end had “substantial damage.” They also reported observing that the damage to the accuser’s vehicle had white paint transfer on their bumper.

“The damage to the vehicle appeared consistent with a vehicle hitting their vehicle from the back,” the officer stated.

The affidavit goes on to say that police later confirmed that Pacheco’s vehicle had front-end damage that appeared consistent with rear-ending another vehicle.

According to Wyoming statutes, Pacheco could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the felony charges of Aggravated Assault and Strangulation.


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.