Wanted Felon Arrested in Cheyenne After Allegedly Holding Female at Gunpoint
A wanted felon is facing multiple charges after reportedly holding a female at gunpoint in a vehicle, Cheyenne police say.
Public Information Officer Alex Farkas says it all started around 2:25 a.m. yesterday, Oct. 18, when Marcus Baumstarck, 25, of Rapid City, South Dakota, pulled into the parking lot of the Red Lion Hotel at 204 W. Fox Farm Road and an employee heard his female passenger scream for help.
Farkas says the employee approached the vehicle and opened the passenger door, at which point the female was able to escape, but Baumstarck drove off before the police arrived.
Farkas says responding officers determined that Baumstarck and the female had gotten into a verbal altercation while traveling.
"The female reportedly asked multiple times to exit the vehicle, but Baumstarck refused," Farkas said in a news release. "He then held a gun to her head and threatened to shoot her while driving."
Farkas says the female tried to jump out of the moving vehicle, but Baumstarck pulled her back and attempted to strangle her before pulling into the hotel parking lot.
"Officers determined Baumstarck had multiple felony warrants out of Colorado and completed a probable cause affidavit for strangulation of a household member, aggravated assault, kidnapping and reckless endangering with a firearm," she said.
Farkas says Baumstarck was arrested on the charges later that afternoon, after police, who had discovered he was at a home near the 800 block of W. 6th Street, observed him leaving the home in a Ford F-150 and conducted a high-risk traffic stop near the intersection of Deming Drive and Ames Avenue.
"With the vehicle stopped, a K9 team was deployed, and the officer ordered Baumstarck to exit," Farkas said. "Baumstarck complied with all commands and was taken into custody without incident."
Baumstarck is currently being held in the Laramie County jail awaiting formal charges.