A man accused of breaking into the Wyoming governor’s home was found in a bathroom holding a hunting knife and covered in glass.
Antoine Lewis, 35, was found in the governor’s bathroom around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to an arrest affidavit. He pointed the knife at law enforcement, who told him to drop the weapon and get on the ground. Lewis did not immediately do so, but eventually listened and was arrested without further incident.
After his arrest, Lewis told law enforcement that he had broken out a glass door with the knife before setting off a fire alarm to get help, which triggered the emergency response.
Lewis also said he had been chased onto the property. Although he initially claimed five people had chased him, he later said only two had done so, according to the affidavit.
Surveillance footage showing Lewis climbing a fence onto the property. It did not indicate he was being chased, nor did it show that he was looking for help after the fire alarm was activated.
The man’s employer told police that Lewis had asked about the Governor’s mansion on Monday. When the employer told him what the building was, Lewis responded by saying that if he was going to steal, it wouldn’t be from regular people, according to the affidavit.
“They’ll be rich and have insurance,” he reportedly said.
A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper found a mask and gloves when he searched Lewis, according to the affidavit.
Republican Gov. Matt Mead says his family was inside the home at the time but not harmed.
“When something like this happens, I am reminded how thankful I am Wyoming has great first responders,” Mead said Wednesday in an emailed statement.
Lewis had been living in a local motel, according to the highway patrol.
The patrol is responsible for the governor’s security. Cheyenne police and firefighters also responded to the break-in. The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is also investigating the case.
Lewis was being held in the Laramie County Detention Facility on Thursday morning. He has been charged with aggravated burglary and misdemeanor criminal entry.