A transient Casper man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges alleging he broke into an apartment and assaulted a woman with a baseball bat.

Cody W. Sylvester, whose year of birth does not appear in heavily redacted court documents and whose address is listed as “transient: last known...Casper,” was arraigned in Natrona County District Court on three felonies that could land him in prison for up to 45 years.

The documents allege that Sylvester entered an apartment on Sept. 10 and hit a woman on the thigh with an aluminum baseball bat, “leaving massive bruising,” before dragging the woman across a hallway by her hair.

The alleged victim in the case did not live in the apartment where prosecutors say she was assaulted, but was hiding there because she expected Sylvester to pick up his dog from her own apartment, the documents state. Sylvester and the woman knew each other prior to the incident and had traveled out of state together.

After Sylvester dragged the woman back to her own apartment, Sylvester put a pill in her mouth before she fell asleep, the documents state. She woke up the next day at 5 p.m. and told police her body showed signs of sexual activity that she did not remember.

The woman told police that she then went to Glendo to stay with a friend in an attempt to avoid Sylvester. She said she did not stay with her family at that time, because she was afraid Sylvester would harm them.

The woman also told police that Sylvester was involved in a home invasion in Platte County. A separate report exists regarding that incident, but details do not appear in court documents. The Platte County Sheriff’s Office was not immediately able to release that report.

Sylvester was charged with aggravated assault and battery, burglary and aggravated burglary.

District Attorney Michael Blonigen was not available for comment Thursday regarding the charges in the case.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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