Individual involved in potentially deadly stand-off enters plea

27-year-old James Cattanio of Riverton entered a not guilty plea this afternoon on the following four charges: - Aggravated Assault and Battery - Aggravated Assault and Battery - Possession, manufacture or disposition of deadly weapon with unlawful intent. - Interference with Peace Officer According to the affidavit, on June 16th Cattanio had beaten a woman in a home on the 600 block of East Lincoln Street. The woman later told investigators that Cattanio had punched her in the face and kicked her in the stomach. At the time she was 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