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Suspect found sleeping in private home, held at gunpoint until police arrive

(File; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. —  The resident of a private home in Casper told officers that an unknown male had been found sleeping in their home, and was held at gunpoint while officers were summoned to the scene.

An affidavit filed in Natrona County Circuit Court says that officers responded to a private home on Lion Court in Casper, just after 6:00 pm, May 12, 2021. Reporting parties told dispatch that a stranger had been found sleeping in a bed inside the home, and that the resident was holding the suspect at gunpoint.

The 47-year-old suspect was taken into police custody upon arrival.

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Court papers go on to say that the reporting party told officers that that they had returned home that day and that the resident’s dog was not where it had been when the home was left. The reporting party then said they found doors on the home inexplicably unlocked, and that a bedroom in the home had appeared to have been searched.

The reporting party said that they armed themselves with a handgun and searched the rest of the home, finding the male suspect sleeping in a downstairs bedroom. The suspect was then reportedly confronted and held at gunpoint until police arrival.

Investigators say that the suspect, identified in court documents as Wyoming resident Brenton M. Daley, was interviewed and initially denied having gone through the home or taking any items. It’s indicated that Daley said he had entered the property to give a dog some water, and found a door to the home unlocked. It is further claimed that Daley told police that clothing that had been found in the bed he had been sleeping in, had been removed from another bedroom, and that Daley had planned on taking the clothing.

Among items found in the bed, Casper PD reports finding two foil bindles containing suspected methamphetamine and suspected marijuana respectively. A third foil bindle containing suspected methamphetamine was also reportedly found on the suspect’s person.

Officers point out in the affidavit that a records search for the suspect found multiple previous drug related charges, and recommended him for a felony level Possession of a Controlled Substance on a Third or Subsequent Offense.

That charge was made official during an initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on May 13, 2021; where he was also charged with felony Burglary.

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.

The suspect was still being held at the Natrona County Detention Center Friday afternoon on a bond amount of $3,000 cash or surety. He is expected to be scheduled for a preliminary hearing to see if the charges will be bound over to Natrona County District Court.