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Suspect pulls knife on officers after vehicle found in Casper parking lot

(File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Police say that a TASER had to be deployed to subdue a suspect who pulled a knife on officers in a Casper parking lot.

The suspect faces felony charges of Burglary and Theft in a case that alleges he took a vehicle from a private residence. The vehicle was subsequently identified in the parking lot of a retail store, where the suspect was ultimately apprehended.

An affidavit filed in Natrona County District Court says that Casper Police received a report of a stolen vehicle on Aug. 26, 2021 during the afternoon hours. The victim said that they were unsure if the truck was unlocked, but that the keys were inside of the home.

Witnesses in the area told investigators that a male suspect was seen during the morning hours in the area of the home where the vehicle was parked. The suspect walked around the house and into the back door of the residence. Another witness also reported that a male matching the suspect’s description had been seen leaving in the truck at approximately 1:00 p.m. August 26.

On August 28, just before 2:00 p.m., the owner of the stolen vehicle called police reporting that the the vehicle was parked at the east-side Walmart in Casper, and that the suspect had been witnessed entering the store.

Officers report that they responded to the scene and set up a perimeter around the vehicle, and awaited the suspect’s return. When the suspect arrived and placed items inside the vehicle police say that they approached the suspect.

“[The suspect] immediately dropped the truck keys and with the same hand grabbed a knife from his side and flipped the blade open,” officers write in the affidavit. They go on to say that the suspect did not respond to commands to put the knife down and that a TASER was deployed, allowing the officers to arrest the suspect.

Identified as 55-year-old Lonn Boyd Porter in court documents, the suspect remained in the Natrona County Detention Center as of Wednesday morning, September 1.