Two victims of Meridian rampage remain in hospital

Idaho StatesmanAugust 23, 2013 

— Two men seriously injured during an alleged series of attacks by 23-year-old Sean Daniel Carnell in Meridian on Wednesday continued to undergo treatment today at a Boise hospital.

Construction worker Mike Rice and Meridian resident Chris Cade suffered serious injuries at the hands of Carnell during separate attacks,

Both men are being treated at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and were listed this afternoon in fair condition, hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Krajnik said.

They were among the six people — including a 10-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy — that police say Carnell confronted during a violent 90-minute rampage between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. that was fueled by drugs.

Court records show Carnell was released from the Ada County Jail the day before the attacks took place. He posted a $5,000 bond after being arrested Aug. 8 for a probation violation stemming from a 2012 petit theft case, according to the court records.

Carnell has an extensive criminal history dating back to 2008. He has convictions for theft by receiving, possession of a controlled substance, petit theft and underage alcohol possession. He was also sanctioned several times for probation violations, according to the records.

On Wednesday, Carnell allegedly punched the older boy in the face and stole his skateboard and yelled at the younger boy and kicked the child's dog in the ribs and leg.

Rice was struck in the face and back with a shovel, while Cade, a captain with the Nampa Fire Department, was attacked as he rode his bicycle on a bike path near the skateboard park at Tully Park, where the 15-year-old was struck.

Police say Carnell also forced his way into an apartment and choked a 36-year-old woman and later kidnapped a 45-year-old man and tipped him over in his wheelchair. Carnell was also accused of breaking out windows at a house.

Construction workers chased after Carnell and reported him to police. The suspect was taken into custody without incident seven minutes after police were notified.

Police suspect that Carnell was under the influence of drugs. They won't be certain until blood tests come back in a few weeks.

The case is one of the oddest ones Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea of the Meridian Police Department said he has ever seen.

Carnell remains in the Ada County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. He is charged with four counts of aggravated and misdemeanor battery, assault, burglary, second-degree kidnapping, cruelty to an animal, petit theft and malicious injury to property.

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