Police Blotter: Arrests; Hostage situation unfounded; Investigation into Fort Washakie death continues

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

Riverton Police Department


Rysen TallWhiteMan, 22, Ethete, on a Failure to Appear warrant, Possession of Marijuana and Use of marijuana


(Note: The following includes calls beginning last Friday.)

Police were called to the 900 block of West Main Street for a man allegedly crawling on the parking lot there at 12:59 a.m. this past Friday. The man was discovered to be a veteran from Afghanistan who was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.  He had also been drinking and began doing an “Army crawl” across the lot. A sober driver took the man home.

A multi-agency investigation is underway into a burglary reported at 5:19 a.m. Friday on Shoshone Drive. According to a police report, two men were let into a home to speak with a man there. While in the home, they allegedly threatened the man with a gun, saying he owed them money. When no money was produced, the two allegedly took a television set and the cell phone of the man’s girlfriend. No one was injured. Both of the victims claimed that they did not know who the men were or what they were talking about.

Riverton police assisted the Riverton Fire Department on a call at Wendy’s Restaurant at 7:44 a.m. Friday when a stove inside the restaurant caught fire during breakfast service. Everyone was evacuated from the building, but there was no damage and no injuries. A store spokesman said one of the ovens was “having issues.”

A suspicious vehicle call resulted in two arrests at 9 a.m. Friday in the 1300 block of South Federal. A call was received of two males sleeping in a white flatbed Dodge truck that did not belong in the area. Police woke up the two and asked why they were parked. One of the men said his auntie lived in an adjacent trailer, but he didn’t know what her name was. The two were checked for warrants. Wallace Jenkins, 32, Arapahoe, was arrested on an outstanding Contempt of Court warrant and Michael Manderson, 31, St. Stephens, was booked on a Contempt warrant and for possession of marijuana. During a pat down, a small pipe was discovered in Manderson’s right pocket. The pipe contained residue of marijuana.

A 22-year-old Kinnear man was arrested on a variety of charges after he crashed his car into the concrete base of the Jiffy Rental sign at 10:39 a.m. Friday morning. Matthew Smith was found to be Driving Under the Influence of “Dust-Off,” a pressurized can of air that can be used for “huffing.” Police believe Smith was huffing, or had been, and crashed the vehicle. The Kinnear man fled from the scene but was found a short distance away. He was charged with Driving While Under the Influence, Driving Under Suspension, and Duty to Report an Accident.”

A report is pending in a connection with an incident in which a child was reported running out into traffic in the area of Spire Drive and Falls Court. The call came in to police at 11:47 a.m. Friday.

Police are trying to identify a suspect that was reported to be coming out of the Landing Lounge before Noon on Friday with drinks and then smashing them on the sidewalk out front.

Officers were called to the lobby of the police department at 12:17 p.m. Friday where a man was complaining about a child care center next to his residence that allegedly was letting children run in the street. The child care center was contacted and the problem corrected, according to a report.

The driver of a black 2001 Dodge Ram told police that the sun was in her eyes when she was turning from East Park Avenue onto the 200 block of North Federal and that is why she did not see a four-month-pregnant female carrying a 5-year-old child, and she struck them in the intersection. Fortunately there were no injuries. No action was taken.

At 7:44 p.m. Friday, a caller notified police that a Rottweiler dog was running by the track at Jackson School. The dog approached the RPD officer who responded, and the dog was pepper-sprayed. The officer located the owner who said the gate to their fence was broken, and they fixed it while the officer was there after the dog was returned to the yard. The owner said the dog was friendly and not aggressive. No other action was taken.

At 8:38 p.m. Friday night, police were called after a husband reported that his wife had been beating him. He told officers she kicked him, pushed him and struck him. The man’s face showed redness and swelling and he had scratches on his forehead and neck plus a split lip. He said he pushed her away in self defense, but otherwise did not fight back. The wife, however, said he had slapped her, but there were no marks on her face. She denied hitting him. After considering the evidence, 21-year-old Dahkota Pettet was arrested for Assault-Domestic Violence.

The roof of Aspen Park Elementary School turned out to be an attractive place to mess around for five teenagers, who caught up there Friday night at 8:38 p.m. As a police unit arrived at the area, the five teens began running away, but they were caught. No charges were filed; the kids were warned about such behavior, and their parents were called to pick them up. Captain Murphy said the five were around 14 years of age.

At 9:25 p.m. the dispatch center received a report of a truck running over a woman in the 400 block of Spruce Street. Upon responding, police discovered that there was an ongoing verbal feud underway between two parties in different vehicles. According to a police report, one vehicle had been following the other for what was reported to be about an hour. When the first vehicle slowed to turn into a driveway, a woman in the following vehicle is reported to have jumped out and started yelling and hitting the truck with her fists. Instead of turning into the driveway, the driver drove away and the woman from the other vehicle jumped into the front side of the truck and fell down. There was no damage to the vehicle, and other other woman and her companions drove away. No one checked into the hospital and police assumed the other person was not injured.

At 9:30 p.m. a man called police to report that his girlfriend had slashed the tires on his vehicle and scratched the vehicle’s windows using a kitchen knife. The incident was reported in the 300 block of Birch Drive. He also said the woman had been following him around and would not leave the area. They apparently had two children together, the last one being born only two days previously. He apparently arrived at the woman’s residence to see his children, but his girlfriend became upset at him because she allegedly saw other women waving at him when they would drive down the street. The female, identified as Frantasia Maldonado, 25, of Riverton, admitted to slashing the tires, and she was charged with vandalism.

A Riverton man identified as 42-year-old Michael Prosser was arrested after 10 p.m. Friday night after a fight with his son at their house in the 300 block of North 15th East. Police received a call of a fight at that residence and made contact with the man’s son, in his early 20s, who had blood coming from his nose and a laceration on his lower lip. The man’s father, Prosser, had blood on his hands and face, but denied that anything had happened. He told officers there was a small argument and they were working out issues. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, he said the argument was not physical and involved only a “family wrestling match.” According to the son, his father had been drinking and started to become aggressive with his other younger son. The oldest son stepped in between them to settle his dad down, and that’s when he was pushed into a couch and slugged in the face. The little brother intervened and tried to pull his dad off of his brother, but all three allegedly ended up on the floor, according to the report. That’s when the older son connected a haymaker on his dad’s face. Apparently the two were able to keep Prosser pinned to the floor before police arrived. Prosser was charged with assault-domestic violence.

Just before 11 p.m. police received a call from McDonald’s restaurant of a person in a silver Cadillac Katera brandishing what appeared to be a handgun at another woman. They then fled the scene. Police patrolled the area but did not find the suspect vehicle. They are awaiting surveillance video to identify the suspects. The investigating officer believed it may have been a case of road rage, but that won’t be confirmed until the suspects are located. No one was injured.

At 4:49 a.m. Saturday morning, police received a third party report of a man being assaulted in the alley behind the 700 block of North Federal, but police could not find anyone in the area. Upon contacting the reporting party, it was learned that a taxi cab driver was dispatched to the front of that location for a fare, but that he did not see anyone there, so he drove around back. There he spotted a man on the ground. He stopped the cab and got out to check the man, when the subject suddenly jumped up and struck him. He struck back and used a stun gun on the man, who jumped back up. The man then kicked the stunned man twice and left him on the ground. He later checked in with the third party. He was reported to be intoxicated. The third party had taken the man’s stun gun and three knives until he sobered up. The report was unclear if the man was intoxicated and driving the taxi at the same time, or if he became intoxicated after the incident.

This is one of four vehicles that was tagged.

This is one of four vehicles that was tagged.

Multiple acts of vandalism were reported in the 200 block of East Jefferson Avenue when at least four vehicles were tagged with spray paint. Several of the vehicles were painted with phallic symbols and the “F” word, others were tagged the full length of the vehicle. There are no suspects.

At 6:17 a.m. on Saturday, police arrested a 14-year-old youth from Denver who was visiting grandparents in Riverton for being a Minor Under the Influence of alcohol and for Breach of the Peace. Police were called after the youth began banging on a back door of a residence in the 900 block of Eastview. When police made contact with the kid, he began calling them names. He also said he had been drinking. A check revealed the youth was wanted on a felony warrant out of Colorado for Felony Menacing and Assault. He was taken into custody. Police were unable to reach his mother in Colorado nor his grandparents here.

A woman showed up at the Emergency Room of the Riverton hospital complaining that she had been assaulted downtown. The woman, however, became uncooperative with police and would not provide any information as to who assaulted her or where. A report was taken.

Darwin Gambler was arrested after he attempted to gain entrance to a residence not his own in the 3000 block of College Hill Drive. He was found sitting in a vehicle. His BAC level was measured at .29 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent. He was booked for public intoxication and on a Contempt of Court warrant.

Minor damage was reported when a silver 2010 Dodge truck backed into another vehicle in the 500 block of East Sunset. It was a non-reportable crash with damage under $1,000.

At 2 p.m. police were called to the Rivercity Bar where a woman was reported to be passed out outside. Sylvia Friday was found with a BAC level of .30 percent. She was unable to stand or walk and she was arrested for public intoxication.

A fight was reported at 2:10 p.m. in the 700 block of North Federal between two males, 16 years-old and 18-years-old. The two apparently exchanged gender-biased insults over each other’s respective cars and the young male popped the older one in the kisser, and then fled.

Police assisted the fire department with traffic control on a dumpster fire in the alley behind the 400 block of South Federal at 2:21 pm.

A resident in the 700 block of Eagle Drive called to complain that someone else had dumped some old windows and some fencing material in her dumpster.

A 27-year-old woman was cited for Shoplifting on Saturday after she went through the self-checkout area at Walmart without paying for a few items. The woman had two grocery carts full of foodstuffs. Security at Walmart told police that the woman did pay $80 for some of the groceries, but bagged others without paying, exactly $264.50 worth. A police report said the Walmart official said it was a “buy one get three free” kinda deal. She was also trespassed from the store.

At 7:01 p.m. Saturday, Marty Moore and Ronald Benally were arrested for Public Intoxication in city park.

A woman reported her purse missing to police at 8:16 p.m. She said the gold vinyl purse contained her personal information including a loaded .22 semi-automatic handgun. Police said the purse had not been turned in. The woman was unsure of where she might have lost it.

At 8:40 p.m. the owner of a 1983 Chevrolet pickup called police to report that his vehicle had been tagged with a two lines of spray paint across the entire side of the truck. It is not believed to be connected with the other tagging incident.

There was no fight, no hostage and no gun, despite a report alleging the same called in to the RPD at six minutes after midnight Sunday morning. Apparently a woman was upset at her ex and texted him details of the alleged crime. He was driving from Casper to Riverton at the time, and promptly reported the incident to police. Upon investigation, police found the “hostage” sitting in the back of a bar behind a juke box. The woman apparently gulped two shots as police approached here. A sober friend took the woman home.

A man called police because his ex was not at home with their kids, but in a bar drinking. The man was advised that would be a civil matter, since no law had been broken.

A third party reported seeing three male subjects reported casing a white Cadillac in the 200 block of West Monroe at 3:07 a.m. When the reporting party shined a light on the trio, they took off running. The car’s owner was contacted and inspected the car, which had not been damaged or entered.

A resident in the 1800 block of West Bend Drive near Big Bend Avenue called police to report that he was awakened by a crash around 2 a.m. in the morning, but did not investigate. When he woke up in the morning, he discovered that someone had crashed through a fence on his property, causing about $500 in damage. There are no suspects.

Just after 10 a.m. on Sunday, police were called to Arapahoe Drive on the report of a property destruction and a domestic assault. According to a police report, James Sandt, 42, stopped by his former girlfriend’s house but was told she didn’t want to see him and that he should leave. Sandt apparently didn’t like that answer so he went to the woman’s trash container and began throwing the contents around her driveway. When she went outside and confronted him, Sandt allegedly became physical and pushed her into a chain link fence, injuring the woman’s hand and breaking down part of the fence. He then put the woman in a head lock. As she began fighting back, the police report said a neighbor intervened and broke it up. Sandt then grabbed a vacuum steam cleaner and smashed it on the ground. He then fled. He returned to the scene some three hours later and was caught hiding a short distance away from his ex’s home. The woman suffered a laceration between her thumb and palm when pushed into the fence, so Sandt was charged with Assault-Domestic Violence and Property Destruction.

Police were called to the 1000 block of East Main Street where a woman reported her 16-year-old son was calling her names. An officer discussed appropriate communication skills with the two. No action was taken.

A case of Social Media harassment was reported at 7:22 p.m. Sunday night when a woman reported that a female who lived in Lander was harassing her via text and Facebook. The RPD contacted the Sheriff’s Department who sent a deputy to the suspect’s home. The woman was told to stop sending the harassing messages and she complied.

On Monday morning at 6:20 a.m. reports of tagging were received from the 200 block of East Main Street at a number of businesses there.

At 10 a.m. a non-reportable vehicle collision was reported in the 1000 block of North Federal between a purple 2005 Volvo and a blue 1997 Buick.

It was bound to happen. A woman reported a fraud to Riverton Police on Monday afternoon. According to a police report, the woman said she had checked her banking account online and found two curious deposits. One for 31 cents on June third and another for 14 cents. Then on June 8th there was a withdrawal in the amount of $2,946.97. The transactions were credited to Coinbase.com and were made in the name of her boyfriend, who she shares a joint account with. She faxed copies of the transactions to the police, who then investigated and discovered that coinbase.com is an international digital wallet that buys and accepts “bit coin” currency. A report was made for the bank.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Eldon Antelope, 49, Riverton, Bond Revocation.

Shane Blackburn, 25, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Myron Oldman, 18, Riverton, Bond Revocation.


At 10:03 a.m. on Monday, deputies and EMS were dispatched to an address on Hudson’s Main Street for a report of a woman in the area without clothes and laying on the ground. The sheriff’s office reports that the woman was experiencing a medical problem, and EMS handled the incident.

At 11:23 a.m., a man on Gardens North Drive report that a bull kept getting in his yard.

Deputies were called to Tunnel Hill Road shortly after 1 p.m. for a report of people shooting in a field across the road from the caller. Deputies were unable to locate anyone in the area.

A man on Dalley Road outside of Riverton reported that his ex-girlfriend stole his truck and other belongings.

At 4:25 p.m., a woman on the 200 block of South Kansas Avenue in Hudson reported that cats were dropped off at her house.

At 6:09 p.m., a woman called behalf of her aunt who discovered that someone in California had been using her debit card.

There was a slight development this morning concerning a stolen white Dodge truck from a Lander-area business. A shop in Converse County reportedly found a plate from the truck, but the truck was gone.


Fremont County Coroner’s Office

Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen said investigation is continuing into the death a 39-year-old Fort Washakie woman. Shannon Hurtado was reported deceased shortly before 10 a.m. on Saturday; family has been notified. Stratmoen said an autopsy conducted on Sunday came back inconclusive for cause of death. The investigation continues as further testing is being conducted. The FBI confirmed yesterday that it is working with the Coroner’s Office on the case.


Lander Police Department




Fencing was reported stolen from a location on Tweed Lane within Lander’s city limits. The report was made to police at about 1 p.m. on Monday.

A caller with a pottery business on South First Street said more than half of her inventory was stolen.

At 2:25 p.m., a caller on Washakie Street reported neighbors shooting off fireworks across the street.

A hit and run was reported on Main Street at 7:21 p.m. The caller said someone hit the back of the caller’s vehicle.

At 9 p.m. a caller in the area of North Fifth and Amoretti streets reported that they walk by a truck there every evening and that it smells like marijuana.