CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Officials with the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office say that they have arrested a 47-year old man after it was alleged that he attacked another person with a baseball bat.
According to obtained court paperwork, Andy Lovato Jr. made his initial appearance in Laramie County Court on June 29th, 2020 to hear the charge of Aggravated Assault – Bodily Injury with a Weapon read to him.
Any person convicted of Aggravated Assault in Wyoming can face up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to 10k, according to state statutes.
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The LCSO says that one of their deputies was dispatched to a residence on the 700 block of West College Drive during the early morning hours of June 27th, 2020 to investigate a report of a physical disturbance.
An affidavit filed in the case reports that the deputy made contact with the accuser who advised that Lovato had struck them with a brown baseball bat approximately ten times.
The alleged victim told law enforcement that Lovato had hit them in the head twice and eight times in the legs. The deputy reported to the affidavit that they observed injuries to both the accuser’s face and legs.
The accuser went on to inform authorities that Lovato was wearing a white cut off sleeve shirt at the time of the attack and had driven away in a maroon SUV after the alleged attack.
According to court papers, another individual told the deputy they had witnessed Lovato attacked the accuser with a weapon.
The deputy said that while speaking with the alleged victim and witness a maroon SUV passed by the location. The deputy was advised that was the car that Lovato had left the scene with after the reported attack.
Arrest documents say that an officer with the Cheyenne Police Department stopped the SUV and located Lovato sitting in the front passenger seat of the vehicle wearing a white cut off sleeve shirt.
Two baseballs were reported to be found in the vehicle according to the affidavit.
“Officer (NAME OMITTED) made a comment about their being baseball bats in the car. Andy then made a comment that he did not hit anyone with a bat prior to any comments made about an assaulting involving a bat,” the affidavit said.
Court papers say that the driver of the SUV advised authorities that Lovato had them stop at the residence where the alleged attack was reported to have occurred. The driver told law enforcement personnel that they had stayed in the care and did not witness any alleged assault.
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.