Cheyenne Carjacking Suspects Arraigned In Federal Court

OSCAR ALDREDO ORTIZ, age 19, recently of Cheyenne, Wyoming and JACOB
NATHANIEL HOPKINS TRIGG, age 18, of Erie, Colorado entered pleas of not guilty at their
arraignments on June 1, 2020. Both were indicted on May 21, 2020 in federal court for one count
of carjacking and aiding and abetting each other in the carjacking, and one count of using, carrying,
and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to the carjacking. The charges were filed as a
result of an investigation into a reported carjacking that occurred in Cheyenne on April 21, 2020.
Ortiz and Trigg are alleged to have been walking on Southwest Drive in Cheyenne in the late night
hours of April 21, 2020 when the victim stopped his vehicle to avoid hitting them. The suspects
first asked for a ride then demanded the victims vehicle from him and produced a rifle and
handgun. After taking the vehicle Ortiz and Trigg demanded the victim empty his pockets. The
suspects then, according to reports, fled to Colorado and were latter apprehended after returning
to Cheyenne.
Their trial has been set for July 27, 2020 in Cheyenne before Federal District Court Judge Nancy
D. Freudenthal, and is expected to take up to 5 days. Ortiz and Trigg were both remanded to the
custody of the United States Marshal’s Service. Both are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Carjacking carries a potential penalty of up to fifteen years imprisonment, and brandishing a
firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence has a potential penalty of seven years to life