Two assaults occurred yesterday afternoon within 30 minutes and roughly a mile of one another, both in Gillette parking lots.
Around 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, the Gillette Police Department (GPD) responded to the Campbell County Public Library parking lot where a 17-year-old had reported waking up inside his parked vehicle with a bloody mouth and a large, bloody welt on the side of his head. The teen told officers he had been sitting in his vehicle waiting for his girlfriend.
When the girlfriend exited the library, she found him bloodied and asleep and woke him up. He told police he had no memory of anything having happened to him, according to GPD Police Detective Sgt. Eric Dearcorn, who noted the young man told officers he believed that someone had beat him up, but he could not recall the incident. He was taken to Campbell County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Then, just after 2:30 p.m., a 32-year-old man reported to GPD that a man had allegedly attacked him, striking him in the face in the parking lot at the Campbell County Recreation Center, located just down the road from the initial incident at the library. According to the victim, the physical confrontation ended when he was able to place his aggressor in a headlock position, Dearcorn said.
The 32-year-old man reportedly sustained abrasions to his head and neck along with a small cut on one of his hands but declined medical treatment.
The suspect, a 30-year-old male, fled the scene before GPD arrived, and officers have not yet made contact.
Both incidents are currently under investigation.