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Potentially deadly stand-off in Riverton ends peacefully

Yesterday, a 27-year-old Riverton man was arrested for Aggravated Assault following an hour-long stand-off with authorities. At about 11 a.m., police were called by a woman in a home on the 600 block of East Lincoln Street who said that James Cattanio had beaten her and was threatening to kill her. She later told investigators that Cattanio had punched her in the face and kicked her in the stomach. She is three months pregnant, and according to investigators, Cattanio knew that. Capt. Eric Murphy said the victim reported Cattanio had grabbed a baseball bat and a Glock and threatened to kill her and any police that might show up. Soon after officers arrived, the woman was able to escape the home, and officers took her to the police station, Murphy said. Knowing of the threats and of multiple firearms inside, police then backed away from the home and set up a perimeter with the help of the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. Meanwhile, Fremont County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted in handling other calls to Riverton police. Murphy said the department's hostage negotiation team and Special Response Team were there, and multiple requests for Cattanio to turn himself over were unsuccessful. The suspect's father eventually arrived to the scene, and with the assistance of RPD Chief Mike Broadhead, convinced Cattanio to surrender peacefully. While the victim did not need medical attention, assaulting a pregnant woman is classified as felony Aggravated Assault by state statute. #county10 #news