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Man accused of forging COVID-19 documents faces separate Agg Assault charge

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A man facing a felony charge of Aggravated Assault is also facing allegations that he forged COVID-19 documents to avoid court-set bond conditions in a separate case. 

Documents released by the Laramie County Circuit Court show that the suspect, born in 1995, is facing multiple felonies in two different cases.

In one case, the suspect is accused of using a false quarantine notice to avoid conditions of a District Court bond. In the second case the suspect is accused of throwing another person, causing the victim to strike their head on concrete. Across the two cases, the suspect faces felony charges of Aggravated Assault, Forgery, and Fraud Against Testamentary Instruments and Government Records.

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He also faces two misdemeanor charges of Unlawful Contact and one misdemeanor charge of Domestic Battery on a second offense.

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.

The charges of Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Contact, and Domestic Battery stem from an incident on July 31, 2021. In that instance, it is reported that the suspect was in a vehicle with the victim and both were involved in a verbal argument.

The suspect is accused of striking the victim. Then the victim reported that they left the vehicle to get away from the suspect and that the suspect grabbed them from behind, throwing them to the ground.

An affidavit released by the Laramie County Circuit Court says that the victim struck the pavement face-first, and was later diagnosed with a broken clavicle. 

26-year-old Brad Lee Craft, resident of Cheyenne, was identified in court papers as the suspect in the cases. He was reportedly taken into custody near the 1300 block of West 17th Street at approximately 1:30 p.m., August 16. 

An affidavit of probable cause filed by the Laramie County District Attorney’s office says that Craft is also accused of attempting to avoid conditions of a previously set bond by using a forged COVID-19 quarantine advisory.

Investigators with the D.A.’s office say that Craft bonded out of police custody on a criminal matter on July 10, 2020. On April 7, 2021, Craft reportedly signed a plea agreement pleading guilty in the case. As part of this hearing it was ordered that Craft continue to comply with his bond conditions.

On April 14, 2021 the Laramie County DA’s office reports that the suspect failed to show for an appointment mandated under the terms of his bond. It was reported that Craft had passed along a letter that he claimed was from the Wyoming Department of Health that indicated that he was to quarantine until April 22, 2021.

Investigators say that the letter was on Wyoming Department of Health letterhead and indicated that Craft was to quarantine until April 22.

The affidavit says that the letter did not match any such letters that were in use at the time by any health agency. Officials with the Wyoming Department of Health said that the letter matched a quarantine recommendation template that the agency had not used for months.

Records also showed that while the suspect had a positive test in December of 2020, there were no records showing him as a person possibly exposed to COVID-19 in April 2021. It was indicated that Craft and his close associates would have received a letter in December 2020, based on the older template.

Officials with the Wyoming Department of Health told police that the document was not a true document and had not been issued by any agency authorized to do so.

Craft is awaiting a preliminary hearing this month to see if his charges will be bound over to Laramie County District Court.