Widick pleads not guilty to threatening to stab a man
(Lander, Wyo.) – 41-year-old Michael Widick has pleaded not guilty to a charge of Aggravated Assault and Battery in connection to an alleged home invasion that occurred last month on East Monroe Avenue.
Widick is currently being held on a $25,000 cash bond. If convicted, Widick could spend up to 10 years in prison.
According to the affidavit filed in the case, Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputies were called at about 9:16 p.m. on April 19 for a weapons offense at a trailer on the 1500 block of East Monroe.
The alleged victim, Kevin Keele, told deputies that an unknown male, later identified as Widick, entered the residence and refused to leave. “Michael Widick threatened to ‘stick’ everybody in the residence with his knife,” the affidavit states, noting witnesses saw a knife in a sheath on Widick’s hip.
With the help of other men, Keele was able to get Widick to walk out of the residence.
“Kevin Keele told Deputy (Michael) Phillips that when Michael Widick exited the residence he pulled out a fixed blade knife from the sheath on his left hip, raised the knife above his head asked Kevin Keele if he ‘wanted to go,'” the affidavit states. Keele reportedly believed that Widick was going to stab him, but then Widick turned around to walk away. “Kevin Keele picked up a rock from the driveway to protect himself. Michael Widick saw Kevin Keele pick up the rock. Michael Widick turned around the knife in his hand and walked towards Kevin Keele as he threatened to stab Kevin Keele.” Keele reportedly had to back out of the way so he didn’t get stabbed.
After Widick left when he learned law enforcement was coming, another witness saw what trailer he entered. The witness also allegedly saw the knife threats happen, and she knew Widick.