A vehicle police say was used to steal a car outside a Casper pizza restaurant last week, before two men ran from police and rammed a cop car, was also used to flee Mills police at high speeds weeks earlier, law enforcement say in court documents made publicly available Friday.
The documents were filed in support of a request for a search warrant served last week on a North Colorado Avenue house that led to arrests and a combined six felony charges against Isaac Dorman, 22, and Tiedon Zufelt, 19, both of Casper. They still await their first appearances in Natrona County District Court, where they will be able to enter pleas to local prosecutors’ allegations.
The two men, according to law enforcement allegations charged in Natrona County courts, stole a car with guns inside it that was idling outside a First Street pizzeria. They rammed a police vehicle with the stolen car and were later arrested near the North Colorado Avenue house, according to authorities. Inside, police say, they found an AK-47 the agency believes was fired following the car theft. Officers say they also found a shotgun stolen from a local sporting goods store and a 9mm pistol left inside the pizza delivery vehicle.
When police found the two cars, authorities say, inside they found shell casings that could have been fired from a custom AR-15 pistol left inside the pizza delivery vehicle. That gun was recovered where the delivery driver had left it, according to charging documents.
The documents, filed in relation to the search warrant and made available Friday through Natrona County Circuit Court, largely hew to what is already known about the case from police statements and documents filed by prosecutors in support of the charges. The newly available documents, however, also bring additional detail to police statements made shortly after the arrests alleging the two men are connected to criminal activity not charged in the case.
The new documents state that in mid-August a Mills police corporal spotted a dark blue Toyota speeding. The driver, whom the documents do not identify, hit triple-digit speeds as Mills police followed the car into a Casper neighborhood near the North Colorado Avenue home. The Mills corporal identified the owner of the vehicle as Aiyana Cover, whom law enforcement arrested last week with Dorman outside the house. On Friday, it was not clear what charges Cover faces.
A police informant told authorities that Dorman drives the Toyota, according to the documents.
About a week prior to the high-speed pursuit, police investigated the theft of an Audi in which Zufelt and Dorman may have been involved, the documents state. Although police stop short in the documents of alleging the two men committed the theft, they state informants said Dorman and Zufelt had admitted to stealing the car and planning to sell it with a falsified vehicle identification number and fraudulent title.
Court documents did not indicate Friday that either of the two men had been charged on the basis of those statements. Police, however, found the Audi a day after it had been reported stolen near the North Colorado Avenue house.
In addition, the documents state the men consider themselves gang members led by another man convicted of stealing a boy’s shoes following a house party altercation. The investigation and any evidence supporting the alleged gang connection is not described in the court documents, which clerks made publicly available on Friday.
The documents, however, state that Nicholas Fenton, 18, who pleaded guilty earlier in the week to robbing a 14-year-old of his shoes at a house party, leads the apparent gang, which at least purports to be affiliated with a national gang. Dorman and Zufelt are both members of the local gang, according to the Mills police investigation into the robbery. Fenton is expected to be sentenced to prison for the robbery with an opportunity to ask for a reduction in his sentence by completing a rehabilitative boot camp.
Court documents indicate both Zufelt and Dorman waived on Thursday their opportunities to challenge law enforcement’s probable cause to bring a combined six felony counts against them. Dorman faces a single felony count each of aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit felony theft. In addition to a single misdemeanor count of eluding, Zufelt faces one felony count each of theft, conspiracy to commit theft, aggravated burglary, and property destruction or defacement.
Dorman also awaits at least two cases in Colorado, one of which may contain allegations similar to those made by Natrona County authorities. In Larimer County, Dorman faces five charges in a case dating to May that include a count of aggravated motor vehicle theft, a count of felony vehicular eluding and a count of felony menacing with a deadly weapon, according to the Larimer County Clerk of Court’s office.
Authorities say Dorman did not appear for a scheduled hearing in the Fort Collins court this summer and is wanted on a warrant from a Colorado judge. A request for records relating to that case made Friday by the Star-Tribune had not been completed by press time and further details were thus unclear.
Zufelt and Dorman remained in Natrona County Detention Center on Friday morning, according to a jail roster provided to local media by the sheriff’s office.