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Police arrest suspect in Cheyenne kidnapping case

(Photo by Stephanie Lam / Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Casey Neal Johnson, 23, faced initial court proceedings before the Laramie County Circuit Court on May 21. He was charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated burglary. Johnson’s bond was set at $25,000 cash, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 29.

On May 18 at approximately 3:16 p.m., Officer Wingeleth of the Cheyenne Police Department was dispatched to a 911 hang-up call on West 5th Street. The call included a female scream and reports of shots fired.

Upon arrival, officers found broken glass and bullet casings outside the residence but no occupants inside. Multiple bullet holes were noted inside and outside the residence. After the caller was identified an active military protection order against Johnson was confirmed.

Several neighbors in the area heard numerous gunshots and observed a male and female exit the caller’s residence. The male was reported to be dragging the female away from the residence toward a grey Dodge Challenger, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Interviews revealed that Johnson, identified as the ex-husband of the caller, had forcibly kidnapped her, according to the affidavit. Johnson and the caller were found in a vehicle on Snyder Avenue. A search of the vehicle revealed a 9mm Taurus firearm with blood on it.

Johnson was taken into custody without incident. During questioning, he spoke of firing the weapon into the home and breaking the door, glass cutting his hand in the process. The caller stated that Johnson had threatened and fired at her, forcing her to leave with him.