CASPER, Wyo. — A Mills, Wyoming man is facing felony charges after it was alleged that he kidnapped another person from their home and destroyed a significant amount of property in the process.
An affidavit filed in Natrona County Circuit Court on November 1 says that the suspect was charged with Aggravated Kidnapping and Property Destruction, both described as felonies. 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.
Court papers go on to say that the suspect had reportedly broken into the apartment of another person, taken a resident from inside the home, placed them into his truck, and took the victim to his own home. Police say that the suspect was known by the victim.
The victim told investigators that they had been on the phone with another individual when the suspect arrived at their home. The suspect reportedly kicked the door to the home open as the victim told the person on the phone to dial 911. The affidavit says the victim reportedly tried to hide in a bathroom but that the suspect kicked down that door as well, before assaulting them. During the incident it is further alleged that the suspect broke the victim’s telephone. He is then accused of picking the victim up by their hair and forcing them to his vehicle.
Casper Police reported that officers responded to the scene on Blackmore Road just after 11:45 p.m. after receiving reports of a disturbance in the area. Upon arrival, officers say they found the door to the home broken open and nobody inside. Officers also report finding blood at the scene.
The suspect, identified as Peter Anthony Rickert, 51, was ultimately contacted by police at his Mills home after an investigation. Casper PD says in the affidavit that Casper Police officers were positioned near the home with duty rifles after it was believed that Rickert was inside. Police say that they issued commands from in front of the residence and Rickert was ultimately taken into custody.
Police contacted the victim, who reported no injuries and denied needing medical attention. The victim said that blood in their home had come from the suspect after he had sustained a wound on his hand.
Police report that the victim said that after they arrived at the home, the suspect forced them to bathe. When the victim could hear shouting outside, they told investigators that they knew law enforcement had arrived at the residence.
Rickert denied harming the victim and said that he had concerns over their health and had taken them as to force them to receive help. Police go on to report that he admitted to breaking down multiple doors, breaking the victim’s telephone, and taking the victim to his home even though the victim did not want to. It was also noted that Rickert told police he intended to throw away the victim’s credit cards as well.
Police say that property damaged throughout the alleged incident would amount to a total over $1,000, making the charge of Property Damage eligible for felony status.
A person convicted of Aggravated Kidnapping faces potential jail time for not less than 20 years, with a possibility of life.
Rickert is expected to be scheduled for a Preliminary Hearing to see if the charges against him will be bound over to District Court. He is currently being held at the Natrona County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.