Boise Police Officers are continuing to investigate a violent attack at an apartment complex on Wylie Ln and State St.
A total of nine people were injured in the stabbing, six of them are children. The children’s ages range from about three years-old to about12-years-old. The other three victims are adults who tried to intervene to protect the children. One child has been flown to Salt Lake City for care due to the extent of her injuries. All of the victims are from Syria, Iraq or Ethiopia.
“This was an attack on those who are most vulnerable: our children,” said Boise Police Chief William Bones. “It’s untenable, unconscionable and is pure evil in my mind.”
A preliminary investigation shows that the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Timmy Earl Kinner, met a person at the apartments where the attack occurred and stayed with that person for a few days within the last week. That person and additional neighbors became concerned with the suspect’s behavior and asked him to leave on Friday, which he did peacefully.
The suspect then returned to the apartments on Saturday and began attacking children attending a birthday party being held outside for a three-year old girl. She is among the victims.
Kinner has an extensive criminal history spanning several states. He has spent time in prison and his past does include violence against others. The suspect had only been in Idaho a short time and has no arrests in Idaho. He is not a refugee.
At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that this was a hate crime.
“Boise is a welcoming city. We have been that way for generations,” said Mayor David Bieter adding, “this callous act does not reflect our community.”
If you would like to learn more about supporting the victims and their families, visit:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) website: https://www.rescue.org/united-states/boise-id
The Boise IRC Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IRCboise/
Agency for New Americans http://www.anaidaho.org/
or visit 1614 W. Jefferson St. Boise
A candlelight vigil is also being planned in honor of the victims on the steps of City Hall in downtown Boise on Monday night at 6 p.m.
Kinner is facing nine counts of aggravated battery and six counts of injury to a child. He is expected to appear in Ada County court on Monday.
Previously released: 8:19 a.m.
Arrested: Timmy Kinner, 30, Los Angeles, CA
Charges: Aggravated Battery (F) - 9 Counts, Injury to Child (F) - 6 counts
Suspect, Timmy Kinner, was booked into the Ada County Jail last night on nine counts of Aggravated Battery and six counts of Injury to Child. Out of the nine victims, there are six children who were injured in the attack. At this time there have been no changes in the victim's conditions. As previously stated, four of the victims received life-threatening injuries.
The Boise Police investigation is ongoing. Preliminary evidence shows the suspect was a temporary resident at the apartment complex on Wylie Ln and State St. until he was asked to leave on Friday. The suspect, Timmy Kinner, is not a refugee. The suspect's exact motives and reasons for attacking specific individuals is still under investigation.
BPD will continue to send out updates on the investigation as they become available and there will be a media briefing this afternoon. Please follow Twitter for updates on the time and location.
Previously Released: 12:50 a.m.
At 8:46 pm on June 30, 2018, Boise Police were dispatched to a call regarding a man with a knife at an apartment complex on Wylie Ln and State St. Officers arrived and quickly located the suspect and took him into custody at 8:50 pm as he headed northbound near the apartments. Additional officers located nine victims inside and outside of the apartments and began providing first aid. The victims were taken to a local hospital and four victims are being treated for life-threatening injuries. The victims include members of Boise’s refugee community and there are BPD victim witness coordinators and counselors who will be assisting the families and witnesses in the days and weeks ahead.
“As you can imagine the witnesses in the apartment complex along with the rest of our community are reeling from this attack. This incident is not a representation of our community but a single evil individual who attacked people without provocation that we are aware of at this time,” said Boise Police Chief William Bones. "Our hearts go out to the victims who are in the hospital tonight, please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers."
The suspect is a 30-year-old male. He is being interviewed by Boise Police Detectives. Officers are still investigating why the suspect targeted the victims.
The investigation is ongoing at this time. Garden City Police, Ada County Sheriff's Deputies, Idaho State Police as well as Boise Fire and Ada County Paramedics are assisting. Additional details will be released as they become available.