The Gillette Police Department released some additional details in the investigation of a November 9th incident that resulted in the death of a 48-year-old man. Lieutenant Brent Wasson released the victim's name, as well as the cause and manner of death. Wasson said Theodore Maes died of a homicide caused by a perforated carotid artery and the subsequent blood loss from the injury. The mortal stab wound occurred to the area of the victim’s neck and left ear.
Wasson said two weapons were seized--a carving fork and kitchen knife; Wasson said both were used during the assault. The victim's nephew, Orlando Gonzales, age 30, was arraigned yesterday on a single charge of second degree homicide. A 1 million dollar cash-only bond was set.
At about 11:11 p.m. on Saturday November 9, 2013, officers with the Gillette Police Department were sent to a residence in the 600 Block of Trails Circle for a disturbance. Upon arrival, Officers located a 48 year old male who had been assaulted and was severely injured. The victim was transported to the emergency room and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Witness statements indicated the victim was assaulted by a family member shortly before the initial call for assistance. Officers identified the suspect as 30 year old Orlando Gonzales who is the victim's nephew. The investigation revealed that Gonzales fled the Gillette area shortly after the crime.
Shortly before noon on Sunday November 10 a Sheriff's Deputy spotted the vehicle Gonzales was believed to be traveling in on Interstate 25 in Natrona County. Following a traffic stop on that vehicle, Gonzales was taken into custody. Details relating to the incident are still under investigation.