Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, February 26, 2009

02-26-09 Boise Police Arrest Man in Child Battery - Asking if More Victims

02-26-09 Boise Police Arrest Man in Child Battery - Asking if More Victims

    Boise, February 26, 2009 - Boise Police arrested a man after he grabbed, and forcibly held and kissed two young boys in a crowded supermarket. The suspect was a stranger to the boys. 

    The suspect is charged with two felonies; kidnapping and battery. Now, Boise Police detectives are searching for more possible victims.

    Arrested:  Netra P. Mishra, 27, Boise    

    Charged: 1st degree Kidnapping (F), Battery with Intent to Commit a Felony (F)

    What Happened: On Saturday, Feb. 21st, at approx. 12:31 p.m., Boise Police were called to the Winco grocery store on the 8200 blk of Fairview Ave. Store security employees were detaining a man after a woman reported to them that the man had just grabbed and forcibly kissed and held her 5 year old son. 

    After viewing store security video, officers found the man had also attacked an older, 10 year old boy in much the same way just prior to attacking the 5 year old. It appears the older boy was also shopping with his mother. However, it appears the boy's mother didn't see the attack and the boy didn't tell her after he ran from the man. Detectives have since located the family and interviewed the boy.

    "This was a brazen, public attack that is rare, and obviously very, very frightening and confusing for these young boys and their parents," said Sgt. Kip Higby of the Boise Police Special Victim's Unit. "What we have to ask now is, has this suspect done this before with other children."

    Officers say the evidence indicates the suspect approaching the first boy and talked to him briefly as the two walk behind the boys mother. The boys mother turns out of the aisle, and the attack occurs. The boy is eventually able to wrestle himself away and run. The suspect attacked the second, younger boy just feet away from his mother as she picked out items from store shelves. The suspect apparently used his body to block the mothers view of the attack. The mother turned and saw the suspect holding her son, yelled at the suspect, and he walked away. The woman then went and alerted store employees.

    Boise Police detectives have learned the suspect has only been in Boise for the past month, staying with family in an apartment complex near Hartman and Fairview. 

    Officers are asking anyone who may have more information on the suspect, possible additional victims, or anyone else who may have been shopping in the Winco store and seen the suspect or witnessed these attacks but has not been interviewed by police, to please contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.