CASPER, Wyo. — One of two suspects accused of an aggravated burglary in North Casper last May was arrested by Casper Police Saturday on a unrelated traffic stop, police said.
18-year-old A’Dan Monroe was charged in circuit court Monday with aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, and bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety.
The other suspect, Antonio Harrington, remains at large. According to charging documents, Harrington had posted multiple things on his social media accounts threatening to kill other people in the community after the burglary.
“Officer Husted noted everyone [who] officers and detectives spoke to indicated they were terrified of Harrington and believed Harrington would kill them,” the affidavit states. “Officer Husted believes Harrington is a major threat to the community.”
Officers believe Monroe and Harrington were attempting to steal marijuana from the residence, which is owned by a man police say has a prior conviction for controlled substance delivery and told officers he sold marijuana. A search warrant later executed on the home yielded an unstated amount of marijuana, scales and packaging, the affidavit states.
Police responded around 4:15 p.m. May 26 to the reported burglary at the residence on North Jefferson Street.
Two young women preparing for high school graduation were the only ones home at the time, and they told police they heard banging at the back door. Seeing the suspects on the home security cameras, they fled.
As they left, they encountered the stepmother of one of the women and told her they were being robbed. The woman went around the side of the house, hearing banging and glass breaking, and encountered a man who pointed a black assault rifle at her, the affidavit states. Police believe it was Harrington who held her at gunpoint while Monroe was in the residence, having gained entry through a broken window.
The woman stated that Monroe then exited the residence by diving back through the window. The woman told police she was held at gunpoint for about two minutes as the suspects backed up and then ran toward an alleyway.
Police reviewed home security footage of two individuals in ski masks kicking at the back door, one holding an AR-15 with a drum-style magazine.
After the graduation ceremony, the stepmother and her husband returned to the North Jefferson residence and spotted a male on foot wearing the same orange and blue hoodie as the suspect who had earlier pointed the gun at her. She alerted a neighbor, who pursued the male on foot before he escaped in a white SUV.
The neighbor later identified Harrington with “85%” confidence from a photographic lineup as the man he chased, the affidavit says.
Two confidential sources told police they had spoken to people involved in the burglary. Both said that four people, including Monroe and Harrington, had driven to the North Casper home after developing a plan to get marijuana fronted to them. The plan was to sell the marijuana and never pay the dealer back, the source told police.
Officers located a white SUV matching the neighbor’s description outside the residence where the sources said the plan was developed. Police found the vehicle to be registered to the mother of the alleged driver, who waited with another individual while the burglary was carried out.
A search warrant executed on the phone of the alleged driver revealed photos of the house that was later burglarized, “indicating that this was a planned action,” the affidavit states.
A review of social media accounts also yielded photos of Harrington, his face visible, in a royal blue ski mask believed to be the one used in the May robbery. In a social media photo posted prior to the burglary, Harrington is also pictured with an AR-15 with a drum-style magazine, police said.
Based on photos posted of Monroe and Harrington together, police believe they fled to Colorado after the burglary.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven or pleading guilty in a court of law.