Charges enhanced against Meridian man accused of summer attack

October 26, 2013 

Sean Daniel Carnell

— Two of the 12 charges against a Meridian man accused of going on a drug-fueled rampage in August that injured several people and a dog have been upgraded from misdemeanors to felonies.

Prosecutors enhanced one charge against Sean Daniel Carnell, 23, from malicious injury to property to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill. And a battery charge was elevated to aggravated assault by means or force likely to produce great bodily harm.

The charges were amended during a preliminary hearing held Thursday in Fourth District Ada County Court.

Four other felony counts were also modified. Those charges are now aggravated battery by use of a deadly weapon or instrument, first-degree arson, robbery and battery with intent to commit a serious felony.

Six other charges remained the same. They are two counts of battery, robbery, use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, malicious injury to property and animal cruelty.

Carnell allegedly committed crimes during six separate incidents over a two-hour period.

He is accused of punching a 15-year-old boy in the face and stealing his skateboard, yelling at a 10-year-old boy and kicking the youngster's dog in the ribs and leg, hitting a construction worker in the face and back with a shovel, going into an apartment and strangling a 36-year-old woman, kidnapping a 45-year-old man in a wheelchair and then tipping him over and breaking windows out of a house.

Officers from the Meridian Police Department located Carnell within seven minutes after the first 911 call and took him into custody without incident. He was taken to the Ada County Jail, where remains in lieu of $1 million bond.

He is scheduled to return to court Nov. 5 for arraignment on the new charges.

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