A 30-year-old man identified as Timmy Kinner, have been arrested for invading a shelter home and stabbing nine refugees on Saturday night, six of them children.
The incident which took place at an apartment complex in Boise, Idaho that is home to refugee families, leaving four victims with life-threatening injuries reportedly occurred about 8:45 p.m. local time Saturday, the Boise Police Department said in a statement.
The motive for the attack was not immediately known, Boise Police Chief Bill Bones said. Kinner was a temporary resident at the apartment complex and was asked to leave Friday, according to Boise Police.
“We haven’t had anything involving this amount of victims in a single act in Boise in the history of the department,” Bones said Saturday.
Kinner, from Los Angeles, was being held without bail on Sunday morning at the Ada County jail on 15 charges, including six of injury to a child and nine of aggravated battery, jail records showed. The investigation is ongoing. Police were at the scene Sunday morning with the area blocked off by yellow crime scene tape.
The St. George Police Department, in Utah, verified that in April the department arrested Kinner for theft. Further information on the Utah arrest wasn’t available Sunday. Condemning the attack, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter who asked for the community’s support for the victims, said in a statement;
“Last night’s horrific attack does not represent Boise. I ask all Boiseans to join me in sending thoughts and prayers for the injured and their families at this terrible time. Our city has long stood as a welcoming city – a place of safety and kindness for those fleeing violence and oppression in their homelands. The senseless acts of one disturbed person does not change that,” Bieter said.
Ahmed Abdulridha, a family friend of some the victims, said his wife, Sleena, visited the refugees in the emergency room on Saturday night.
“Around 100 people were in the ER last night to share with this family,” Abdulridha told the Statesman. “My community, we share in happiness and sadness.”
Abdulridha said the victims include an Iraqi woman and her children, as well as members of a Syrian family. Boise Police Department has not confirmed those details.