Individual faces assault and battery charges after Riverton motel scuffle

    All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

    Joseph Antelope, 26 of Fremont County is facing two counts of Aggravated Assault and Battery and one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance – 3rd or Subsequent.

    On July 15th, 2020 the Riverton Police Department were dispatched to a motel on East Fremont Avenue for a report of a subject that had been assaulted with a knife.


    A description of the alleged attacker was provided to RPD, and a few moments later an officer located an individual matching that description. Court documents show that, “upon observing a marked patrol car, the subject immediately entered (A Business) foyer on N 3rd Street East. But was unable to enter due to the second set of doors being locked.”

    After officers approached the subject, he was observed to be putting something in the front waistband of his pants. Officers later identified the man as Antelope and the item placed in his pants to be a folding pocket knife.

    A witness later told authorities that Antelope had been arguing with a female subject inside of the motel room. After taking the phone, Antelope produced a folding type knife and began waving it at the female.

    Court documents show that while Antelope was threatening the individual with the knife, he “threw her to the floor.”


    A male witness said at that point he, “forced Antelope out of the door of the motel room.” While doing so the male sustained a cut to the forearm from Antelope’s knife. RPD officers confirmed a cut that was actively bleeding.

    If convicted, each count of Aggravated Assault and Battery faces a possible punishment of up to 10 years in prison. Possession of a Controlled Substance – 3rd or Subsequent Offense holds a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.


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