Lander man facing charges of assault and possession of a deadly weapon

On March 30th at 6:34 p.m. the Lander Police Department dispatched officers to a residence for a domestic disturbance.

As LPD arrived, court documents show that officers reported hearing yelling and, “things crashing inside the trailer.”

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LPD noted a female subject was attempting to leave the residence as they arrived. There were three male subjects inside the trailer.

One of the men, who initially gave a false name, was later identified as 39-year-old Chester Addison. Addison was holding a construction-type hammer in his right hand when officers entered the structure. He obeyed commands to drop the hammer when officers asked him to.

The female subject advised officers that Addison was drinking and had become, “out of control.” She explained that Addison, “picked up the hammer and began chasing her around the trailer.” Court documents allege that Chester threatened to hit her in the face with the hammer.

Others in the residence told officers that Chester would swing the hammer near their heads, just missing, and driving the hammer into the wall near where they were standing. Officers noted in court documents there were several holes in the walls of the home.

He is charged with one count of possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent, punishable by up to 5 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000. Addison is also charged with one count of aggravated assault and battery, punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment. Additionally, he faces one count of interference with a peace officer, punishable by up to 1 year of imprisonment and a $1,000 fine.

On April 30th the court waived his preliminary hearing. The case is transferred to District Court for further proceedings and arraignment at a later date.

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

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