SUBLETTE COUNTY, WYO –A high-speed chase late last night led authorities down the Hoback Canyon into the Bondurant area where they searched for an armed fugitive for several hours before capturing him early this morning.
The chase began when Sublette County Sheriff’s Deputies, after being contacted by authorities in Lincoln County, located a man wanted in Idaho. Lincoln County informed Sublette that Bonneville County Idaho had contacted them about a male subject they were looking for in reference to a warrant. The suspect, Robert Richey, 51, from Idaho Falls, had an active warrant out of Bonneville County for sexual assault involving a minor.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was able to ping the suspects cell phone and get GPS coordinates. The cell phone was located near a cell tower in the Bondurant area. Two Sublette County Deputies were notified and responded to Bondurant where the phone was last located. At approximately 10pm a Sublette County Deputy located the described vehicle parked at the Branding Iron Grill in Bondurant. He attempted to make contact with the suspect while other Deputies were responding. The suspect saw the Deputy and sped off initiating a high-speed pursuit.
At approximately 10:10pm the suspect crashed his vehicle near the entrance to the Hoback Canyon. He jumped out of the vehicle and ran on foot holding a handgun.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers arrived on scene along with other Sublette County Deputies and immediately set up a perimeter. Sublette County Sheriff’s Office activated the Reverse 9-1-1 alert system in the Bondurant area for residents to shelter in place while the search to find the suspect commenced.
Members of the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office were staging with night vision equipment to aid in locating the fugitive. Trackers were also called in to follow the suspect’s footprints in the snow. At approximately 1:40am Richey walked out into the pull out at the mouth of the Hoback Canyon and was taken into custody.
Richey was reportedly very cold. He had been exposed in the snow and elements for approximately three hours. Temperatures in the area at the time were between -12 and -16 degrees Fahrenheit. Sublette County EMS checked out the suspect and transported him to St Johns Medical Center in Jackson from the scene.
Early this morning the suspect was discharged from St Johns Medical Center and transported to the Sublette County Jail for booking. Along with the warrant from Idaho, Richey has been charged locally with Fugitive from Justice, Driving under the influence, reckless driving, open container, attempting to elude a Peace Officer, and speeding. Bond has not been set as of the time of this release.