Detention Center inmate charged with aggravated assault after allegedly spitting on officers

(Lander, Wyo.) – A man previously charged with stealing a $61,000 truck from Fremont Motors in Riverton earlier this year has now been charged with assaulting Sheriff’s Deputies.

Kristopher Cody Simmons-Patrick, 27, is accused of driving away with a 2013 Ford F350 pickup truck valued at $61,355 from Fremont Motors on April 9 and leaving the car dealership an insufficient funds check for the vehicle. For that alleged offense, he is charged Larceny and Fraud by Check. Read more background on the case here.

Documents filed on June 3 in Lander Circuit Court and bound over to Wyoming’s Ninth District Court last week, now charge Simmons-Patrick with two counts of Aggravated Assault and Battery on Corrections or Detention Officer. The charges stem from an incident at the Fremont Count Detention Center where it is alleged Simmons-Patrick spat on two officers.

The affidavit in the case was written by Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Lt. William Braddock and discusses events that reportedly occurred on April 13, shortly after Simmons-Patrick’s initial arrest.

According to the charging documents, several deputies and one sergeant were monitoring Simmons-Patrick in a holding room, where he was strapped to a restraint chair and wore a safety smock “for earlier behavioral issues.” Deputies noticed he kept getting one ankle loose from the strap and Deputies Josh Northcutt and Joel Laird made a decision to apply the waist strap to the chair.

“Deputy (Jacob) Halsmer observed Kristopher Cody Simmons-Patrick made motions that appeared to be attempts to bite Deputies Laird and Northcutt as they were securing the waist restraint,” states the affidavit. “Deputy Halsmer stepped behind Kristopher Cody Simmons-Patrick and placed his hands under Kristopher Cody Simmons-Patrick’s chin in order to secure his head and mitigate his ability to cause harm to the other deputies.”

“Kristopher Cody Simmons-Patrick then spit at Deputy Halsmer’s face, covering his eyes, nose, and mouth with a spray of saliva,” the affidavit continues. “The spit also struck Deputy Laird on his right wrist and on his face beside his left eye.”

Deputies then reportedly put an anti-spit mask on the prisoner.

“As Deputies Halsmer and Laird left the area to wash, Kristopher Cody Simmons-Patrick stated several times that he had hepatitis and hoped the deputies enjoy it,” states the affidavit. He also allegedly told officers that they’d have to test his blood.

According other court documents, the case regarding the stolen truck was suspended so that Simmons-Patrick could under an evaluation at the Wyoming State Hospital. The motion to suspend was filed on April 29. On July 16, the court ruled Simmons-Patrick mentally fit to proceed.

Arraignments for both sets of charges, where he will enter a plea, have not yet been scheduled. Read more about the vehicle theft case here.