‘He just tried to kill me’

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Gillette man charged with strangling, kidnapping woman

A Gillette man has been arrested for reportedly choking and kidnapping a woman before fleeing from law enforcement and crashing a vehicle into railroad tracks, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.

Robbie Muller, 32, is charged with felony strangulation, felony kidnapping, and several misdemeanors after allegedly choking and kidnapping a 31-year-old female following an argument over her recent attendance at Cheyenne Frontier Days, per the affidavit.

The female arrived home at approximately 5 p.m. July 26 to find that Muller had “trashed” their home while she was gone and was visibly upset. The pair went to dinner at a local restaurant, the female told officers, and afterwards Muller started “acting crazy,” according to the affidavit.

Muller allegedly began yelling and throwing things, taking the female’s phone when she attempted to call her father, the affidavit states, which adds that he reportedly grabbed her and slammed her head against the window causing a bloody nose.

The affidavit further alleges Muller then reached across with his left hand and grabbed the female’s neck with force, cutting of her airway and causing significant pain.

The female could not recall if she lost consciousness during the strangulation, but she did remember hearing Muller tell her “If I’m going to die, you’re going to die,” according to the affidavit.

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Muller stopped the assault, the affidavit states, and started driving around while looking for friend, advising the female that she should ice her injuries which would hurt for about a month.

As he drove, the female told officers, Muller told her she was not allowed to leave the vehicle and “don’t make me use that,” which she believed was in reference to a firearm, per the affidavit.

They stopped a trailer near Boothill Legendary Nightclub, where he told her not to get out of the vehicle or the residents at the trailer would kill her, the affidavit continues, which further states that Muller dropped her phone when he exited the car. As soon as he left, the female called one of her friends.

The affidavit states that the friend received a call from the female at 11:20 p.m., who said that Muller had kidnapped her and “He won’t let me out of the car! He just tried to kill me!”

When Muller returned to the vehicle, the female turned off the phone and shoved it in the back seat so he wouldn’t know she had it.

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Gillette police, notified of the incident by the female’s friend, located Muller’s vehicle driving near the Gurley Overpass and attempted to stop it, but he reportedly fled while ignoring the female’s pleas to stop, per the affidavit.

As he eluded officers, the affidavit continues, Muller reportedly sang “Bad Boys,” and proceeded across Brooks Avenue at 66 miles per hour. Near Railroad Street and North Gillette Avenue, Muller swerved into the Burlington Northern Santa Fe lot and crashed into the railroad tracks.

Muller fled on foot, leaving the female in the car, momentarily halting to scream at officers “Shoot me!” and “Stop!” before fleeing again. He was ultimately arrested at the Campbell County Fire Station on Rohan Avenue, per the affidavit.

Denying any physical confrontation with the female, who was found hysterical in the passenger seat and making statements that he was going to kill her, Muller reportedly told officers that he fled because he had a couple of drinks at dinner and didn’t want to get a DUI, the affidavit states.

The female had injuries to her face and head, including a large bruise on her forehead. Her neck was red and had marks consistent with strangulation injuries, according to the affidavit.

In addition to felony kidnapping and felony strangulation, Muller was charged with domestic battery, eluding, and interference.