Suspect In Armed Standoff West Of Casper Is Bound Over For Trial
The man who allegedly robbed an angler at gunpoint and later holed up in his mother's attic during an armed standoff nearly four weeks ago will face trial in Natrona County District Court.
Natrona County Circuit Court Judge Brian Christensen ordered Zachary Lovelace bound over for trial after his preliminary hearing Tuesday.
Lovelace, 37, is charged with four counts of aggravated assault, one count of felony property destruction and one count of possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent. He could face up to 55 years in prison and $51,000 in fines if convicted on all charges.
Christensen kept Lovelace's bond at $500,000 cash only.
The date for his arraignment -- the first hearing in district court during which he pleads guilty or not guilty to the charges -- will be set later.
The case started when Lovelace allegedly approached a man who was fishing at the Bessemer Bend south fishing access on June 2.
Lovelace drove a pickup, got out, asked for the man's cell phone to make an emergency call, but returned to the pickup and drove away.
The man followed in his ATV, Lovelace drove the pickup in reverse to the man, pointed a handgun at him and ordered him to put his hands up.
The man waited until Lovelace drove away, went home, called his wife and called authorities. His wife tracked the stolen phone to the 6800 block of Sharrock Road.
Authorities went there, and Lovelace's mother said her son went into the attic of the house.
Officers pumped a chemical munition into the attic and Lovelace fire four shots from the attic to the general direction of officers.
After several hours, Lovelace punched a hole through a ceiling in a bedroom, crawled out a window, tried to run away but slipped. Officers then took him into custody.