Cheyenne Man Accused of Strangling Female Unconscious
A 37-year-old Cheyenne man is facing a felony charge after allegedly strangling a female unconscious.
According to a booking sheet, police were dispatched to a domestic physical call at about 3:41 a.m. on Christmas Eve, and contacted a female who said nothing happened and she was fine.
Police say the female refused to provide them with further information and only mentioned that the male party, Cleophus Germaine Moore, had already left the residence.
About 30 minutes later, police were called back to the residence after Moore, who had reportedly returned immediately after officers had left, slapped and strangled the female.
The victim reportedly told police that because she was strangled, she didn't remember anything else that happened and only remembered losing consciousness. She said Moore was upset because police were called to the residence earlier.
Police say they observed dried blood on the inside of the victim's lips.
They also contacted two witnesses, Kristina Mertes and Trinee Seymour, who were present during the strangulation, who said they saw Moore place his hands around the victim's neck and strangle her until she lost consciousness and passed out.
Police say Mertes mentioned that the victim's eyes were closed after she lost consciousness and she was unconscious for a couple of minutes, and that if Moore wasn't located, he would return and most likely kill her.
Police say the victim and Mertes also mentioned Moore might be in the vacant basement apartment, which the property manager confirmed no one had permission to be in, and that's where he was located.
Moore reportedly told police that there was no physical altercation and that he was sleeping and drinking in the vacant unit all night.
Police say they observed a one-inch scratch on Moore's face near the right side of his nose, which they believed to be a defensive wound from the strangulation.
Moore was arrested and subsequently charged with felony aggravated assault.
He made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Dec. 27, during which his bond was set at $10,000 cash and his preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 5 at 9 a.m.