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(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander Police Department, in conjunction with several other agencies, arrested a local man for making terroristic threats against staff at the Wyoming Life Resource Center.
LPD Chief Jim Carey said that yesterday morning an arrest warrant was executed against John Cardine, 39, of Lander, during a traffic stop in the Dillon Subdivision. He has been charged with Terroristic Threats, a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. Carey said following additional investigation and the location of narcotics at his residence during the execution of a search warrant, drug and property destruction charges could be pending.
“Cardine is an employee of the Wyoming Life Resource Center,” Carey said. “We received information that he had made substantial threats toward staff.”
According to the affidavit filed in the case, Cardine’s employment was suspended at the time of his arrest.
“Employees at the Wyoming Life Resource Center had witnessed John Joseph Cardine manufacture multiple firearm silencers and one bayonet during work hours at the (WLRC),” the affidavit states.
The affidavit recounts that Cardine was witnessed destroying a tool at the therapeutic equipment shop, damaging a wheel chair and other equipment. He also reportedly said he would rather kill himself than work there any longer.
It is also alleged that Cardine at one point became angry at an email and stated he “had a bullet” for another employee.
Since the threats, security reportedly had been increased at the WLRC, including changing locks and installing security cameras, the affidavit states.
Carey said no one was ever hurt by Cardine, and his arrest yesterday morning came without incident. Wyoming Highway Patrol and Fremont County Sheriff’s deputies assisted in the arrest, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms assisted in the execution of the search warrant.
As of 11 a.m. this morning, Cardine had not had his initial appearance in Lander’s Circuit Court.