Casper police say two men stole a car with guns inside it that was idling earlier this week outside a Casper business. The men rammed a police vehicle with the stolen car and were later arrested, according to authorities.
Police announced Thursday afternoon they had arrested Tiedon Zufelt, 19, and Isaac Dorman, 22, both of Casper. In the Thursday afternoon announcement, however, details remained vague. On Friday morning, police released paperwork that prosecutors are expected to use in bringing a series of felony charges against the men.
According to the paperwork, the men live together in a North Colorado Avenue house that police raided Thursday afternoon. Inside, police found an AK-47 the agency believes was fired following the car theft. Officers also found a shotgun stolen from a local sporting goods store, the documents state.
A police sergeant was in the area, working an unrelated case on Wednesday night, when he spotted a car speeding down First Street and heard gunshots. The vehicle, which police later identified as stolen, eluded the sergeant, according to the documents.
Police spoke to the car’s owner, who said he left his Chevy idling outside the restaurant where he worked while he went inside to pick up pizzas, the documents state. While inside, the man saw his car drive away. His AR-15 pistol, 9mm Glock pistol and a tactical vest were inside, the documents state he told police.
The man ran after his car and he saw a dark SUV pull in behind it, according to the documents. He told police he saw a gun pointed out the SUV’s driver-side window and saw a muzzle flash from three gunshots, the documents state.
While police interviewed the vehicle owner, law enforcement searched the area. Police spotted the stolen Chevy parked next to a dark blue Toyota in an alley near University Park Elementary School, the documents state. When police approached the stolen car, they spotted a man sitting behind the wheel. He showed police his hands before mashing the accelerator, ramming a police cruiser on his way out of the alley, the documents state.
Police again found the Chevy, this time in an alley east of Trigood Drive. The officers processed the vehicle and found inside the AR-15 pistol the owner had reported stolen. The Glock and ballistic vest were missing, the documents state.
When police went through the Toyota — which was apparently unoccupied — an interior light was on and its windows were down, the documents state, indicating somebody had been through it while police searched for the Chevy. Police found shell casings that could have been fired from the AR-15 inside, according to the documents.
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A police officer who had been investigating vehicle thefts linked to the North Colorado Avenue house recognized Zufelt in body camera footage. Police obtained a search warrant and surveilled Zufelt’s house on North Colorado Avenue, according to the documents. A police detective stopped Dorman and Aiyana Cover, to whom the Toyota is registered, outside the house. Dorman gave the detective a fake name, which the detective saw past, according to the documents. He arrested Dorman on outstanding warrants.
Thursday afternoon, police searched the house, arresting Zufelt and finding an AK-47 and shotgun that was later identified as stolen, the documents state.
Zufelt initially told a police detective he had not been involved in the crime spree, the documents state. He mentioned a lawyer and the detective called the public defender’s office, according to the documents. While the lawyer was on the way Zufelt then decided to talk to the detective and the policeman read Zufelt his rights, the documents state.
Zufelt told the detective he and Dorman drove Cover’s Toyota to find methamphetamine but were unable to do so, the documents state. They spotted the Chevy idling outside the pizza place and after circling the block, Zufelt got in the Chevy and drove away while Dorman followed in the Toyota, the documents state Zufelt told police.
Zufelt said he hid the Glock inside the house, where police later found it, according to the documents. He said he also had stolen the shotgun police found inside the house.
Dorman also admitted to some of the crimes, police say: He told a detective that after dropping Zufelt off to take the Chevy, Dorman followed behind, the documents state. When Dorman saw a man chasing them, he fired three warning shots out the window of the Chevy, the documents state he told police.
Dorman then parked the Chevy behind the North Colorado Avenue house and hid the AK-47 and shotgun inside the house, the documents state he told police.
Cover was arrested, the documents state. She does not, however, appear in Friday morning jail records provided by the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office.