CASPER, Wyo. — Prosecutors Wednesday filed aggravated assault charges against a man who barricaded himself inside a Casper home a day earlier, causing lockdowns at four nearby schools.
Nicholas David Stone, 25, is accused of slapping his pregnant girlfriend in the face and threatening her with a gun. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
During his first court appearance, Stone admitted to striking the woman. He said the incident occurred while he was heavily under the influence of alcohol.
“I’m ashamed of what I did,” he said.
Officers responded to the east Casper home Tuesday after learning of the alleged assault. Police say Stone remained inside for a time before surrendering.
Four schools went into lockdown about 8 a.m. Police say the situation was resolved by 10:45 a.m.
The woman told police she and Stone had argued earlier that morning at their apartment. He eventually left and walked to his parents’ home. She went to the home later that morning, and when she confronted him about some text messages, he slapped her, according to a police affidavit.
The woman, who is seven months pregnant with Stone’s child, said she grabbed a phone to call police. Stone left and returned with a gun. He allegedly racked the slide, but did not point it at the woman or her daughter, the affidavit states.
Police say Stone told them the gun was unloaded at the time, and he was only attempting to scare his girlfriend. After she left, he loaded the weapon but never chambered a round. He eventually surrendered.
Natrona County Circuit Judge Michael Huber set Stone’s bond at $25,000. The defendant, who was not represented in court by an attorney, will return to court within a month for a preliminary hearing.