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Felony suspect accused of threatening victim with handgun

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CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man is facing charges including a felony count of Aggravated Assault after it was alleged that he threatened another person with a handgun.

Casper Police Department documents say that the incident is alleged to have happened in the early morning hours of Aug. 19, 2021. Reports show that the suspect was taken into custody later that morning.

A victim in the case told police that they had been in a verbal argument with the suspect during the late night hours of August 18 and early morning hours of August 19. The victim reported that the suspect was a person with whom they were acquainted, and that he had been staying in the same residential home with them.

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An affidavit of probable cause in the case says that the victim claimed that after leaving for a period, the suspect returned to the home just before 3:00 a.m. on August 19 and held a handgun to the face of the victim. It is reported that the accuser began to struggle with the suspect, and that the victim was thrown onto the bed and elbowed by the suspect before another struggle began.

It was further reported to police that after the struggle, the suspect left the home.

Officers report that they made contact with the suspect, identified in court documents as 30-year-old Bryant L. Johnson, at a private business at approximately 10:00 a.m. August 19. It is noted in the affidavit that police were able to “ping” the suspect’s phone because of the involvement of a handgun.

During an interview with police, Johnson denied ever having a gun or bringing it into the home during the course of the night. He did reportedly tell officers that he had been in a shoving match with the victim. He then said he left the home and did not return.

A search of the suspect’s vehicle reportedly yielded a handgun matching the description of the firearm used in the incident. Police say that cartridges that would fit the gun had been found at the scene. The suspect told investigators that the ammunition found at the scene were sentimental keepsakes from a departed friend, that had been spilled on the floor during the incident.

Police report that Johnson did not have an alibi for the time of the assault, and he was arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center. Jail records show that as of Tuesday morning, August 24, he remained in custody without bond.

Paperwork filed in Natrona County Circuit Court on August 20 shows that Johnson was charged with Aggravated Assault, a felony. In addition, Johnson was given a misdemeanor charge of Domestic Battery. All persons 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.

Johnson is expected to be scheduled for a preliminary hearing to see if the charges against him will be bound over to Natrona County District Court.