Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, February 19, 2010

Man Accused of trying to Run Over Officers Arrested in Caldwell

02-19-10 Man Accused of trying to Run Over Officers Arrested in Caldwell

    Boise, Feb. 19, 2010 - A man wanted for using a stolen car to try to run over two Boise Police officers last week was arrested this morning by Caldwell Police, US Marshals, and officers with the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force.

    Suspect: Jason Cole Bradford, 36, Boise
    Wanted: $500,000 warrant: Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer (F - 2 counts), Grand Theft by Possession (F), Felon in Possession of a Firearm. (These charges stem from the incident in Boise Feb 12, 2010)
$100,000 warrant, felony parole absconder
 

    Background:Boise Police and officers with the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force (led by the FBI) had been searching for the suspect Bradford in connection with his outstanding warrant as a felony parole absconder and a previous aggravated assault. The assault warrant resulted from an incident in Boise last August when a man reported Bradford threatened him with a large crescent wrench during a dispute.

    Officers learned the suspect Bradford may be driving a green mustang convertible recently reported stolen from Meridian. Friday night, Feb 12th, at approx 9:50 p.m. officers spotted the stolen mustang parked in front of a home on the 2000 blk of Shoshone St. As the suspect left the house, two officers approached him and identified themselves as Boise Police. The suspect got into the mustang and accelerated rapidly backward, nearly striking both officers. The officers were forced to jump to avoid being hit by the mustang.

     The suspect continued to drive in reverse approx. one block, crashing into a parked car and a fence at Shoshone and Targee Streets. The suspect ran and was not located by officers. Later, in searching the stolen mustang, officers found a handgun with evidence the weapon had been carried by the suspect.

    Officers with Boise Police Patrol, the Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Unit, the BPD Gang Unit, as well as the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force had all assisted in the search for Bradford. Boise Police want to thank Caldwell Police, US Marshals, and the Metro Unit for apprehending the suspect this morning.

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Issued earlier today by Caldwell Police:

INCIDENT: SWAT call/ suspect arrested

DATE: Feb. 19, 2010

TIME: 0915 hrs

LOCATION: 5215 Obsidian Way, Caldwell

SUSPECT: Jason C. Bradford, 36 yrs old

CHARGED: Felony parole absconder $100,000 warrant

Aggravated assault on law enforcement $500,000 warrant

WHAT HAPPENED: Officers have been on the lookout for Jason Bradford for several months. Bradford is known to be a violent felon and it has been a priority to get him back into custody. Last week Boise Police located Bradford and attempted to arrest him. Bradford was able to get to a vehicle and elude officers.

Metro Task Force officers received credible information that Bradford was hiding at house in Caldwell and followed up on that information. Due to Bradford's violent history and his eluding in Boise the Caldwell Police Tactical Response Team was asked to make the arrest. When TRT arrived at the house Bradford again attempted to escape but was surrounded and retreated back into the house. A short time later he surrendered and was taken into custody without injury.

During the initial approach a large pit bull dog came from the suspect house and attacked a police K9 that was assisting TRT. Officers had to shoot and kill the pit bull to get him away from the K9.

No other shots were fired; the police K9 received only minor injuries.

There were two other adults and a child in the house at the time of this incident. The two other adults in the house are potentially facing charges for harboring a fugitive.

If they are charged another media release will follow with their information.