A 29-year-old Gillette man was arrested on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder Thursday morning.

Joseph Cruzen was arrested in Casper at about 11:30 a.m. on a warrant for attempted second-degree murder and kidnapping, said Gillette Police Lt. Brent Wasson.


Cruzen’s ex-wife, a 31-year-old woman, called the Gillette Police Department at about 2 a.m. Thursday, saying Cruzen had assaulted her and stabbed her in the neck.

Police found the woman in the 600 block of South Garner Lake Road. She was taken to the emergency room, where she was treated and later released.

Cruzen is being held in the Natrona County Detention Center, Wasson said.

In November 2018, Cruzen was given a deferred sentence for strangulation of a household member and placed on five years of supervised probation after a June 2018 incident. In that case, he pleaded no contest to throwing his now-ex-wife to the floor, injuring her elbow and then getting on top of her and strangling her.

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