CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A man, who was previously wanted on multiple driving offenses, was arrested by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly striking another person in the face with a pistol.
20-year-old Ezequiel Vasquez made his initial court appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on March 5th 2020, to hear the felony charge of Aggravated Assault & Battery – Bodily Injury with a Weapon, ready to him by Judge Nau.
During the same preceding, Vasquez was also read misdemeanor counts of Eluding, Interference with a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, and No Valid Drivers License from an unrelated incident that allegedly occurred a few weeks earlier.
In regard to the Aggravated Assault charge, court documents say that deputies from the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center on February 5th, 2020 to investigate a reported assault. Upon arriving at CRMC, deputies say that they met with the alleged victim who told them that Vasquez had hit them in the face with a pistol.
Deputies report that they observed a approximately 2.5-3 inch long laceration under one of the accuser’s eyes.
An affidavit filed in the case says that the accuser told police that Vasquez kicked the door open to the residence and pointed a gun at their face. The accuser said that they did not believe the gun to be loaded. Vasquez is then accused of hitting them with the pistol.
According to court documents, at the time of the alleged assault, Vasquez had been wanted by law enforcement for an incident that occurred a few weeks earlier.
The Cheyenne Police Department says that on January 15th, 2020, one of their officers observed a suspicious vehicle at a gas station on the 3600 block of College Drive. The officer reports that the car had no license plates and that the driver, later identified as Vasquez, was slumped over in the driver’s seat asleep.
The officer says that when they made contact with Vasquez he was evasive in answering their questions or providing any identification. When the officer asked Vasquez to get out of the vehicle, it is alleged that he sped off.
Police say they observed Vasquez driving recklessly during their pursuit of his vehicle. They allege that he drove between 70-95 mph on West College Drive until he reached South Greeley Highway, where he ran a red light.
The officers report that while Vazquez was driving down S. Greeley Highway that he drove at speeds between 60-100 mph, while passing other cars either from a center turn lane or from the shoulder.
Police say that they terminated the pursuit of Vasquez once he entered into Colorado.
According to court papers, Law Enforcement was later able to identity Vasquez by using the footage from the officer’s body camera and comparing them to their in-house records. Authorities say that a check of the suspects driving history showed that he did not possess a valid driver’s license.
No bond information was available for Vasquez at this time.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office.