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Suspect found under vehicle, faces Strangulation charge

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CASPER, Wyo. —  A suspect facing an allegation that he strangled another person, was reportedly found outside of a private residence underneath a car by Casper law enforcement.

Police say in paperwork filed in Natrona County Circuit Court that the suspect was arrested in the overnight hours of April 10, 2021; after police responded to a call near Robertson Road in Casper. He faces charges of Strangulation of a Household Member, a felony, as well as a misdemeanor charges of Domestic Battery and Property Destruction.

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 Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.

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Police say that the reporting party had said that a male suspect was involved in a physical altercation with another person, inside of a private residence. When police responded to the the scene, they say that it was alleged that the male suspect had left the residence on foot, and had not been wearing shoes at the time of the incident.

According to investigators the suspect was identified by persons at the scene who were acquainted with him. In an affidavit of probable cause, officers report finding the man “hiding under a [parked] vehicle.” The suspect was then reportedly taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.

Court records say that persons at the private residence alleged that the suspect, who stayed at the home occasionally, had aggressively strangled a resident of the home and is also accused off smashing the resident’s telephone, following a verbal altercation. The suspect is further accused of throwing the victim onto a glass-top coffee table, which tipped over but did not shatter.

During an interview with the suspect, identified by police as Aaron Michael Harper, age 30, investigators report that Harper denied that anything physical had occurred, saying that the altercation had only been verbal. Police say that they presented evidence to Harper, he admitted to smashing the telephone and flipping over the coffee table, but continued to deny assaulting the victim.

The suspect was charged in Natrona County Circuit Court on April 12 at an initial appearance. He is currently scheduled for a Preliminary Hearing this week, to see if the case will be bound over to District Court.