CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A 36-year old man was arrested by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department following allegations that he shoved, punched and strangled a child under the age of 16 after a verbal altercation between them turned violent.
Larry Micari was arrested on April 4th, 2021 by LCSO deputies on the recommended felony charge of Child Abuse – Physical Injury, according to paperwork obtained by the Laramie County Circuit Court.
The affidavit filed in the case states that deputies with the LCSO were dispatched to a residence during the evening hours of April 4th to investigate a report of abuse.
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Court papers reveal that authorities spoke to the accuser who alleged that Micari had physically attacked them during a verbal disagreement. The accuser alleged that the suspect shoved them down a flight of stairs before placing both hands around their neck, court documents report.
According to the affidavit, the accuser told authorities that they struck Micari in the face to attempt to get away from him while allegedly being strangled. The accuser stated that was when Micari struck them approximately 14 times with a closed fist in the face and chest.
Deputies state in the affidavit that they observed marks on the accuser’s neck they believed to be “consistent with strangulation marks.” Investigators also revealed they observed other various lacerations and marks on the accuser’s body.
A witness who was in the residence at the time of the alleged incident told authorities they did not witness anything but had heard the accuser yelling from downstairs.
Court papers say that Micari denied strangling the accuser while speaking with authorities. The suspect stated that the accuser had struck him multiple times with a closed fist.
LCSO deputies said that they did not notice any visible injuries to the suspect while booking him into the Laramie County Detention Center.
Micari made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on Tuesday April, 5th, 2021 to hear the recommended charge of Child Abuse read to him. Micari was also read three misdemeanor counts of Unlawful Contact to him during the court proceedings.
Micari’s bond was set at $25,000.
If convicted on the felony charge of Child Abuse, Micari could face up to 10 years in prison.
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.