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A Natrona County man sexually assaulted a woman before firing a gun at her and trying to run her over with an SUV, prosecutors alleged in court documents filed Monday afternoon.

The documents are associated with a criminal case in which the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office charged Lloyd Thompson, 54, with five felonies.

Thompson appeared Monday afternoon in Natrona County Circuit Court wearing the garb of a jail inmate, where a judge read the charges he faces: three counts of aggravated assault, a single count of first-degree sexual assault and a single count of second-degree sexual assault.

Thompson did not have an opportunity Monday to enter a plea to the charges. He appeared in court to hear his charges and answer Judge Brian Christensen’s biographical questions, as is typical for initial appearances.

The judge set Thompson’s bail at $100,000 and preserved his ability to hire a bond agent. Court documents retrieved late Tuesday morning did not indicate if Thompson had been able to make bond. Thompson was not represented in court by an attorney.

According to court documents filed by prosecutors in the case, a bystander called 911 on Sunday and said she saw Thompson fire a gun at a woman along the side of a Natrona County road.

Mills police responding to the scene found Thompson behind the wheel of a Jeep and the woman running away, according to the documents. The woman, who has known Thompson for decades, told a sheriff’s investigator that he sexually assaulted her, the documents state.

When the woman tried to walk away on a nearby road, Thompson followed her in his Jeep, the documents allege. He side-swiped her and nearly ran her over, the documents state she told investigators. He threatened to shoot her, and, when she continued walking, she heard a gunshot from behind her, according to the documents.

In an interview with a sheriff’s investigator, Thompson denied pointing or shooting a gun at the woman, according to the documents.

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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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