Police Blotter: Arrests; Investigation continues in cross-county stolen vehicle case; two firearms reported stolen

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Wednesday’s recap of law enforcement activity around the county. All those arrested or cited are presumed to be innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Riverton Police Department


34-year-old female, Billings, Mont. cited for Disturbing the Peace (fighting). Police were called to the 700 block of East Main for a report of one woman who was fighting with other patrons who had stepped outside of the Livestock Bar. Police found one victim who exhibited marks on her face and a second person who reported she had been punched by the woman. She was given a citation for fighting.

John Lujan, 38, Riverton, Public Intoxication. Lujan allegedly had gotten into a fight with his brother outside of the Center For Hope, and both he and his brother showed signs of a fight, with each being bloddied. John Lujan was determined to be the aggressor and was arrested, while his brother checked himself in to the Center For Hope. The victim said he had gotten into an argument because his brother had been drinking all day and wouldn’t listen to him, a police report said.

Heather Friday, 35, Riverton, Public Intoxication. Police were called at 6:15 this morning in the 900 block of Dickinson Avenue for a woman reported to be passed out on the reporting party’s front porch. Officers said Friday was unresponsive when they arrived, but determined that her residence was next door. Officers also determined that due to her apparent level of intoxication, she could not care for herself and she was taken into custody.

Blake Armajo, 25, Riverton, Domestic Violence Assault; Angela Spotted Elk, 20, Ethete, Simple Assault. Police were called to the 1300 block of Fir Street on an open 911 call in which dispatchers could hear what sounded like a fight in progress and a woman crying in the background. Police arrived and heard a disturbance inside. The front door to the home was open and when they heard a woman crying inside, they entered the home and found Spotted Elk on her back in bedroom and a male, later identified as Armajo, standing over her. The two were apparently arguing over a debit card, a police report said. Police found the bedroom to be covered with trash, partially eaten food and a half-full bottle of Crown Royal. Armajo allegedly admitted to striking Spotted Elk, who complained that her jaw had been broken. When an ambulance arrived, Spotted Elk changed her mind about needing medical help and tried to strike one of the EMT’s, resulting in the charge against her. Armajo’s BAC level was measured at .15 percent while Spotted Elk’s blood alcohol level was measured at .22 percent.


A Nissan 300Z was prepped for towing from the scene of a crash. (eo)

A Nissan 300Z was prepped for towing from a crash scene. (eo)

A two vehicle crash was reported at the intersection of North Federal and East Pershing at 8:37 p.m. Tuesday involving a Gold 1992 Ford and a 2009 Nissan 300Z. Damage was over $1,000. (see photo)

At 10:25 a.m. a woman reported that her ex boyfriend, identified as a 27-year-old Riverton man, had taken her 2012 Silver Subaru Impreza from her residence in the 200 block of Cactus Circle without permission and was believed heading to see his father in Lander. The woman said she had agreed to take him to Lander, but he took her car instead without her permission. Riverton police have a citation waiting for the man for Unlawful Use of a Vehicle. Reports then followed of the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed through Hudson, heading into Lander. Law enforcement in Lander surrounded the home on the 900 block of Washakie Street where the vehicle was found. The suspect was not located at that time. Lander Police have not returned requests for information about the status of the case. Read more here.

Those darn pesky squirrels struck again in the 800 block of Riverview Road. It was the second squirrel caught in a cat trap there in the past few days. The homeowner requested to have the trap returned as they indicated there was one more pesky squirrel around the house. The city’s animal control officer took the squirrel to the area of the Big Wind River and released it.

A woman walking her brother’s 30 pound miniature poodle in the 500 block of West Adams reported that another dog, brindle colored and believed to be a boxer or a pit bull, ran across the street and attacked the poodle, causing several injuries. The woman took the poodle to a veterinarian, who treated the dog for a cut above one eye and a bruise on the neck where it had been bitten. The bill totaled $254.54. Police made contact with the owner of the attacking dog who agreed to pay for the bill. A report was taken.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Jody Clark, 44, Sheridan, Larceny.

Max Dice, 43, Riverton, Domestic Violence Battery. Dice was arrested following a 7:15 p.m., Tuesday call to the 1400 block of East Monroe Avenue where a woman reported seeing a man throw another woman against a vehicle.

Novita Jarvis, 28, Fort Washakie, two Failure to Appear Warrants.


At 7:24 a.m., deputies were called by a woman who was watching a house for her sister and found it with all the lights on, though no one was supposed to be there.

At 2:17 p.m., a woman on West First Street in Hudson reported seeing a male subject trying to get into a trailer and checking the windows for the last 30 minutes. Deputies arrived and determined the man was a relative of the owner and was given permission to be there.

A woman on South First Street in Dubois reported that someone in the area routinely leaves a dog outside, and the dog is malnourished. The report is under investigation.

At 4:20 p.m. a man on the 1700 block of East Monroe reported that Smith and Wesson Model 29 revolver was stolen out of his vehicle back in November.

At 8:54 p.m., deputies assisted the Shoshoni Police Department for a report of loud music and possible gun shots on Idaho Street. A request for additional information from SPD was not immediately returned.


Lander Police Department


Benjamin Apodaca, 26, Shoshoni, Public Intoxication. Apodaca was arrested after police were called to a location on Main Street for a report of a man passed out on a bench.

Echo Breece, 40, Lander, Driving Under the Influence. Breece was arrested following a traffic stop shortly before 11 p.m.


At 7:34 a.m. on Tuesday, police were called to North Lane for a report of an aggressive dog that wouldn’t let a man get into his car.

At 1:31 p.m., police were called to a playground in the Lander area where a boy reportedly fell and possibly broke his arm.

A School Resource Officer took a report of a theft at Lander Valley High School.

Police were called to an address on Garfield Street at 3:25 p.m. for a report of glass broken on a front door. The caller was unsure if someone broke in. Additional information was not readily available.

A caller on Lincoln Street reported that a Ruger SR 22 long rifle was stolen from a building some time in the last two weeks.

At 7:15 p.m., police were called to Fremont Way for a report of juveniles throwing rocks at vehicles driving by.

Police were request to patrol an area in Lander a little more often because of possible drug sales happening in the area.