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Two Natrona County men were arrested in the past week on suspicion of aggravated assault in separate incidents involving makeshift weapons.

The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office said Wade C. Miller, 45, who lives on Moki Road near Wyoming Highway 220, broke out a man’s glass patio door and attacked him with a pick axe and a spade on Saturday. The alleged victim was left with a bloodied hand and head.

The sheriff’s office also said David Taylor, 28, of Edgerton, on Wednesday night attacked another man with a claw hammer after the man refused to hug Taylor. The alleged victim was hospitalized with a head wound.

According to court documents, a resident of Okeepa Road spotted Miller and another man urinating into a gas tank on the resident’s property.

The man told deputies that he opened his patio door and confronted the two micturating men. After a confrontation ensued, the property resident went back into his home and closed the door, according to the documents.

Miller then grabbed a pick axe from the property and broke out the glass door, the documents allege. He entered the property and hit the resident, who shielded himself with his arm while the other man watched.

Miller dropped or discarded the pick axe and hit the man with a fence post before picking up a spade, according to the documents. After the alleged victim yelled “gun!” Miller and the other man left.

The other man cooperated with the sheriff’s department and had not been charged by Monday morning. Miller was arrested and booked into Natrona County Detention Center. He had been bailed out by Monday morning.

According to court documents, Taylor was drunk on Wednesday night at another person’s house in Edgerton. After another man repeatedly rebuffed Taylor’s attempts to hug him, the man told Taylor to leave.

The two men pushed Taylor toward the door, according to the documents. After one man left the room thinking Taylor would leave, he heard a crash. When the man returned he saw Taylor and the third man wrestling on the floor. The third man was holding a framing hammer and bleeding profusely from his head.

The third man later said Taylor had struck him in the head with the hammer, causing the wound.

After Taylor fled, the witness called 911. The alleged victim was taken to Wyoming Medical Center where he was interviewed by sheriff’s deputies.

Sheriff’s deputies found Taylor on Thursday morning at another location. He was arrested and booked into Natrona County Detention Center. He was still in jail Monday morning.

Both Taylor and Miller were expected to appear in court Monday afternoon for their initial appearances.

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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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