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Suspect accused of attacking vehicle with metal bar while person was inside

The suspect is also said to have chased the vehicle as the victim drove away from the scene.

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

CASPER, Wyo. — A Natrona County man is facing criminal charges after it was alleged he threatened another person’s life and attacked a vehicle while the victim was inside.

An affidavit filed by the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office in Natrona County Circuit Court shows that the 62-year-old male suspect is charged with Aggravated Assault and Battery and Property Destruction. Both charges are felonies.

A victim in the case reported to the NCSO that they had been involved in a verbal argument with the suspect during the afternoon of November 21. Later that evening it was alleged that the suspect did significant damage to the victim’s home and belongings, including breaking windows in the home and breaking windows in a vehicle on the property.

The victim reported arriving to the home sometime after 7:00 p.m. while driving in their private vehicle. It was then claimed that the suspect threw a receiver hitch through the rear window of the vehicle that the victim was driving. During the ensuing altercation it is alleged that the suspect said several times that he was going to kill the victim, and smashed the vehicle’s windows with a large metal tamp bar. 

The suspect is also said to have chased the vehicle as the victim drove away from the scene.

Deputies say in the affidavit that several rocks were found on scene that appeared to be used to break windows and cause property damage. 

The suspect, identified in court papers as Gerald Dean Martin, was taken into custody and booked at the Natrona County Detention Center. During a November 22 Initial Appearance, bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety. 

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.