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Gov. Matt Mead and his family attend the joint session of the Wyoming Legislature on Feb. 12 in Cheyenne. A man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly entering the governor's residence and setting off a fire alarm. 

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

A man faces charges after police say he broke into the Wyoming governor’s residence and set off a fire alarm.

Antoine Lewis entered the Cheyenne home of Gov. Matt Mead around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and activated the fire alarm before hiding inside the house, according to a press release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Responding officers found Lewis inside the building and took him into custody.

Mead was in the house at the time but neither he nor his family were harmed, he said.

“When something like this happens, I am reminded how thankful I am Wyoming has great first responders,” the governor wrote in an emailed statement.

Lewis was booked into the Laramie County Detention Facility. The Highway Patrol said he will be charged with aggravated burglary and criminal entry.

The Highway Patrol is responsible for Mead’s personal security detail. Cheyenne police and firefighters also responded to the incident, and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in the investigation.

A highway patrol spokesman on Wednesday declined to comment on whether Lewis was armed during the incident, citing the ongoing nature of the criminal investigation. In Wyoming, aggravated burglary is reserved for cases in which the suspect is armed with a weapon, “knowingly or recklessly inflicts bodily injury” on anyone or attempts to injure someone.



Digital Editor

Alan Rogers came to Casper in 2012 to lead the photo department and now serves as digital editor, tasked with managing, the Star-Tribune’s social media and more. If not confined to a cubicle, you can find him taking photos all across Wyoming.

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