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Federal kidnapping charges brought against BIA police officer from Wind River.

Wind River BIA Police Officer Charged With Kidnapping

Sheena Louise Roetman

A Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer from Wind River Reservation in Wyoming was slapped with federal kidnapping charges last week, according to the Casper Star Tribune.

William Arthur Curran II, enrolled Yankton Sioux from South Dakota, appeared in federal court last Thursday in Casper, Wyoming, for his initial hearing. According to the Star Tribune, four other BIA officers were present during the hearing in a show of support for Curran.

Curran’s wife filed a criminal complaint against her husband with the U.S. District Court of Wyoming on April 14, claiming that he handcuffed her and locked her in the basement of their home in Fort Washakie.

According to court documents, the report states that Curran arrived home drunk around 10 p.m. while his wife and their two children were asleep. Curran and his wife had an argument, and when Curran’s wife attempted to leave, Curran hit her. He then reportedly picked her up, handcuffed her by the ankles and wrists and locked her in the basement room “where he keeps his police gear.”

According to the statement, Curran’s wife was able to grab a cell phone during the encounter and call 9-1-1. Recordings from Fremont County Sheriff’s Office document Curran saying things such as “I am going to kill you and bury you in the mountains” and “I am going to bury you alive.”

U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Michael Shickich released Curran to a fellow officer. Curran will live on a camper on that officer’s property in Fremont County.

Curran had been a BIA officer on Wind River since July 2014, until he was fired on Monday, according to defense attorney H. Michael Bennett.

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