All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
(Riverton, WY) – Michael Christopher Warren, 28, faces 2 felony and 2 misdemeanor charges for an alleged incident taking place on Feruary 17, 2021.
These charges include:
- Property Destruction and Defacement, a felony punishable by imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Felonious Restraint, a felony punishable by imprisonment of up to 5 years.
- Domestic Battery, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of up to 6 months, a fine of up to $750, or both.
- Driving or Having Control of Vehicle While Under the Influence, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of up to 6 months, a fine of up to $750, or both.
Having heard all testimony and evidence presented at the Circuit Court hearing on February 24, 2021, Judge Wesley Roberts found enough sufficient probable cause to transfer the case to District Court, with an arraignment that occurred on April 1, 2021.
Warren pleaded not guilty at this arraignment. The jury trial is set for July 19th.
On February 17, 2021, the Riverton Police Department was dispatched to SageWest Riverton Hospital for reports of a hit and run involving two parked vehicles.
Initial witnesses stated they saw an adult male, an adult female, and a juvenile female enter the hospital. Moments later the male exited, hitting the parked vehicles, and drove away in a car identified by witness photographs
While responding officers attempted to contact the female subjects in the hospital, RPD was informed that a man identified as Michael Warren had just been arrested for public intoxication not far from the hospital.
When officers made contact with the female subjects, they learned Warren had been in a relationship with the adult victim, but had just broken things off days prior.
Warren allegedly made threats in response, prompting the female subject to leave town.
Warren then reportedly sent her a message stating that “if she came back to Riverton she would be fine and that they would be alright.”
The female allegedly then agreed to come back to Riverton and pick Warren up, at which point he got in the passenger seat, with the female subject’s daughter in the backseat.
While driving through Riverton, Warren allegedly pulled out a box cutter knife and began “waving the knife around” and threatened to kill the adult female.
He then instructed the victim to drive him first to Ethete, WY, then almost all the way to Lander, WY, then back to Riverton. During this time, the adult female victim’s daughter attempted to call 911, but did not have service.
Once back in Riverton, Warren reportedly continued to wave the knife around, threatening to kill both victims this time, then proceeded to hit the adult female in the face. It was around this time the juvenile female “started having an asthma attack,” so the adult victim took her to the hospital.
While taking this report, RPD was advised by dispatch they had located the vehicle belonging to the adult victim, which was crashed into a tree near Central Wyoming College. They also located the box cutter knife, still in the “open position.”
Campus security officers witnessed Warren’s attempt to flee, and RPD detained him moments later.
The following day, February 18, 2021, after signing off on and having his Miranda rights read to him, Warren reportedly admitted to committing the above offences, due to anger at the female victim for ending the relationship, and heavy intoxication.