Casper Police Seek ‘Armed and Dangerous’ Wanted Man
Casper-area law enforcement officers are working to find a wanted man who police consider to be armed and dangerous.
Byron Drake III, 39, is thought to have been the cause of a lockout at the Natrona County School District's Central Services Facility and extended buildings at 970 N. Glenn Road on Tuesday afternoon.
Drake is wanted for a parole violation, according to Sgt. Scott Jones of the Casper Police Department.
Jones told K2 Radio News in a phone interview that Drake was known to have been staying at an address within a mile of the district offices. Coincidentally, a school district employee saw a person that looked like Drake near some vehicles in the parking lot.
That report prompted the lockout. Roughly 20 law enforcement officers responded to the area, Jones said.
District spokesperson Tanya Southerland emphasized that no schools were involved in the lockout, and at no time was there any safety concern regarding students in connection with Tuesday's incident.
The responding officers and deputies have since fanned out in search of Drake, Jones added.
In prior contacts with police, Jones said, Drake made it clear that he would not willingly go back to prison, hence the nature of the law enforcement response on Tuesday.
Drake was previously arrested for methamphetamine possession and child endangerment with methamphetamine in June 2017. Two weeks prior, he had been reported as having walked away from the Casper Re-Entry Center.