Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Thursday who allegedly broke into his neighbors’ home in Bar Nunn and demanded a safe before attacking an occupant with a snow shovel.
Natrona County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Aaron Shatto said Friday morning that investigators believe the suspects, William Mason Quillin and Sharon Marie Hinkle, kicked in the front door of their neighbors’ home in the 4800 block of Bel Vista Drive shortly before 10:24 p.m. Wednesday.
The suspects then demanded that the occupants — a 71-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman — allow them to access a safe, according to court documents. When the victims said they didn’t have a safe, Quillin allegedly attacked them. Hinkle had stepped out of the home and back onto the porch before Quillin attacked.
One of the victims told police that Hinkle put on a pair of sunglasses “in order to hide her identity,” the documents state.
Quillin pushed over the elderly woman when she confronted him, and he kicked her several times, according to the documents.
The 71-year-old man then escaped the house and ran to a neighbor’s door begging for help. Quillin followed him and continued to punch and kick the man, Shatto said. Quillin also picked up a nearby snow shovel and stuck the man multiple times. At one point, Quillin attempted to gouge out the elderly man’s eyes, the man told investigators.
Hearing the commotion, a neighbor opened their door, which caused Quillin to stop attacking the man and walk away. Witnesses told investigators that Quillin said “I’m going to kill this (expletive)” as he walked away. Quillin and Hinkle then walked to their nearby home.
The male victim was able to call 911 from his neighbor’s home. Shatto said two other neighbors called to report the incident as well.
The victims were taken to the Wyoming Medical Center. The man had two broken ribs, a broken pelvis, injuries to his eyes and cuts on his hands, wrists and arms, according to court documents. His liver was also possibly lacerated. The woman had a broken pelvis and bruises on her left side.
The suspects left the scene before deputies arrived, but deputies found them Thursday morning in their nearby home. Quillin and Hinkle refused to come out of the house. Law enforcement used tasers, bean bag rounds and tear gas during the arrests and had to use force to detain Quillin. Deputies with the sheriff office’s Special Response Team took Quillin, 43, and Hinkle, 45, into custody just after 9 a.m.
No sheriff’s deputies were injured. Quillin was treated by medical staff for minor injuries to his face and nose sustained while he was being taken into custody.
Prosecutors charged Quillin with aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated assault. Hinkle faces a charge of conspiring to commit aggravated assault and one count of conspiring to commit aggravated robbery.
In an interview with investigators, Hinkle said she and Quillin broke into the house that night to “take care” of the people who lived there, according to court documents. She said she witnessed Quillin beat the elderly people and didn’t do anything to stop him. She said she and Quillin refused to come out of the house after law enforcement tried to contact them.
Quillin told investigators that he went to bed Thursday night and didn’t remember anything about the alleged crimes. He then asked for an attorney.