Saturday, 26 March 2011

Casper bar scuffle leads to arrests

A scuffle at a Casper bar early Wednesday morning landed two men in handcuffs after one of them allegedly stole the other’s wallet.

Police arrested Evans Kambutu Nganga for petit larceny after he reportedly took Scott Shane Boid’s wallet at Moonlight Liquors and Lounge.

Boid was arrested on a charge of disturbing the peace after police said he became angry and wanted officers to let him take Nganga outside and fight him.

Police responded to the East 12th Street watering hole about 1:30 a.m. A bartender said Nganga had been in the bar for several hours drinking and trying “to steal things from people all night, including cigarettes,” according to an arrest affidavit.

The employee said Nganga, at one point, was standing beside Boid at the bar. Then Boid’s wallet, which had been sitting on the bar, was missing, authorities say.

Boid found Nganga in the restroom and began “beating him,” authorities say. During the scuffle, Boid’s wallet fell out of Nganga’s pocket, police say.

Later, while police were in the bar, another patron began looking for his cellphone. A police officer noticed Nganga had two phones in his pocket. A friend of the man missing his cellphone called the phone and one of the phones in Nganga’s pocket began ringing, according to the affidavit.

Nganga denied taking Boid’s wallet, and said while he took the cellphone of the man, it was only by mistake, authorities say.

Boid was ultimately placed in handcuffs and arrested after continuing to argue with police.

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