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Beer bottle aggravated assault suspects bound over to District Court

Two men have been bound over to District Court on felony aggravated assault charges relating to an Aug. 27 incident where they attacked each other with beer bottles, authorities say.

Lewis Paez-Florez and Wilquerman Monsalpe were both arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault for reportedly attacking each other with beer bottles on Harry Street (Campbell County Sheriff's Office)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Two men charged with aggravated assault after reportedly attacking each other with beer bottles have been bound over to District Court, Campbell County court records say. 

Lewis Paez-Florez, 37, and Wilquerman Monsalpe, 30, were arrested on Aug. 27 for felony aggravated assault for reportedly arming themselves with beer bottles and attacking each other following a disagreement on Harry Street, according to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office. 

A deputy happened to be in the area on an unrelated call around 9:56 a.m. and observed what appeared to be two men physically fighting. Once the deputy pulled in to investigate, Monsalpe was seen bleeding profusely from multiple chest wounds, Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said. 

Sheriff Office Investigator Josh Knittel said Monsalpe was stabbed and cut on the shoulder with a large, deep cut extending to his abdomen. 

Reynolds added that Paez-Florez was seen walking northbound on Mecent Avenue with lacerations on his head and face. Both men were transported to Campbell County Health by ambulance. 

According to affidavits of probable cause filed in the case, Paez-Forez and Monsalpe got into an argument inside the Harry Street residence prior to the assault. They agreed to go outside and “talk,” but began fighting as soon as they were outside. 

Paez-Florez broke a beer bottle at one point and armed himself with it. He pushed Monsalpe, who responded by hitting the older man in the head with another beer bottle, which is when investigators say Paez-Florez cut and stabbed him with the broken beer bottle, per the affidavits. 

Monsalpe was being transported in a personal vehicle to receive medical treatment when deputies arrived. The driver, a 23-year-old man, crashed his 2011 Chevrolet Traverse into a deputy’s patrol car and claimed he didn’t see law enforcement, court documents say. 

The 23-year-old was arrested for impaired driving while another man, a 63-year-old, was taken into custody for driving without a license after leaving the scene with several others who were concerned about speaking with law enforcement, according to Reynolds.