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Mills man accused of knife attack, running over fence with vehicle

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CASPER, Wyo. — A suspect is facing two felonies and multiple misdemeanors after it was alleged that he intentionally ran over a fence and attacked another individual with a knife.

Documents released by Natrona County Circuit Court show that the suspect was charged with felony counts of Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Controlled Substance on a Third or Subsequent Offense during his initial appearance in Circuit Court on Aug. 30, 2021. Additionally he was charged with Property Destruction, Driving Under the Influence, and Reckless Endangering at the misdemeanor level.

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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Reports filed by the Mills Police Department say that officers were summoned to a private Mills residence just after 11:30 p.m. August 28 for a report of a disturbance. Emergency Dispatch reported that a suspect had ran their vehicle into a fence and hand-thrown a knife at another individual.

The suspect reportedly left the scene prior to police arrival, but was observed by officers in the area. It is alleged that the suspect vehicle ran a stop and almost struck a pedestrian before Natrona County Sheriff’s Deputies were able to conduct a stop on the vehicle on Van Horn Avenue.

Law enforcement reports that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and parked suddenly. An affidavit of probable cause filed in the case says that the vehicle nearly struck a tree in a residential area while coming to a stop.

Witnesses at the scene say that the suspect had become upset and was involved in a verbal altercation while at a private Mills home. During the argument it was alleged that the suspect broke a window out of the home by throwing a leaf blower. It was also alleged that the suspect had entered a vehicle and intentionally ran over a fence at the home.

Police report that a chain link fence at the home was heavily damaged.

The affidavit also states that police spoke with a victim at the home who had cut injuries on their hand. It was reported to officers by the victim and other witnesses that the suspect had brandished a knife and threatened to cut the furniture. The victim reportedly tried to intervene but the suspect swung the knife at the victim, cutting the victim’s hand. The suspect is then accused of striking the victim multiple times.

Further it is alleged that the suspect threw the knife at a juvenile in the home before leaving the scene.

Officers say in the affidavit that after stopping the suspect on Van Horn Avenue, the suspect “exited his vehicle, screaming, and opening a can of Red Bull energy drink.” As he was taken into custody police observed a bag of suspected marijuana as well as an open bottle of alcohol inside the vehicle.

The suspect reportedly tried to run, but officers maintained custody. When asked about hitting the fence, the suspect reportedly told officers it was an accident. Officers also asked about a similar incident reported earlier in the month where a fence belonging to the same resident was also struck, but the suspect denied any involvement.

A subsequent search of the suspect vehicle reportedly yielded multiple baggies of suspected marijuana, totalling approximately 3.14 ounces in weight. Police say that a check of records indicated that this would be a third or subsequent charge for Possession of a Controlled Substance, and recommended the charge at the felony level.

Officers report that the suspect, identified in court documents as Gaylin Eugene Carson, 24, became combative with officers during the course of his arrest, and resisted law enforcement and jail personnel while being booked into the Natrona County Detention Center.

Carson is anticipated to be scheduled for a preliminary hearing to see if his charges will be bound over to District Court.