Ada Metro SWAT storms Boise home, ending hours-long standoff with suspect

February 13, 2014 

An Ada Metro SWAT tactical vehicle is positioned in front of a Boise home overnight Thursday during a 12-hour standoff with a suspect.


A nearly 12-hour standoff came to an end at 3 a.m. Friday when Ada Metro SWAT and a Boise Police K9 team stormed a home and found the suspect hiding in a crawl space.

Jacob Sha Rexius, 34, was taken into custody and transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for evaluation. He was then booked into Ada County Jail on a felony bond warrant for parole violation. Rexius is on parole for delivery of a controlled substance. According to the Ada County Sheriff's Office, previous criminal charges against Rexius include two counts of battery, one firearms violation, 17 drug violations, 18 parole violations and five counts of failure to appear.

The standoff began at about 3 p.m. Thursday when Ada County Sheriff's Office deputies and U.S. Marshals went to a home in the 4800 block of South Chex Way where Rexius had been living. He refused demands by deputies to exit the home. Two others who were living in the home came out without incident. Four people, including Rexius, remained in the home.

Ada Metro SWAT was then called on scene to manage the standoff. A perimeter was set up around the home at about 5 p.m. Neighbors were asked to stay inside their homes, and a tactical vehicle was positioned in front of the home.

A couple of hours into the standoff, the home's three other occupants — Ashley Zuniga, 20, of Nampa; Marcus Villareal, 25, of Caldwell; and Pedro Pedraza, 19, of Nampa — walked out through the front door and were arrested.

Officers then launched tear gas canisters through the home's doors and windows in an effort to force Rexius out, according to a news release from the Ada County Sheriff's Office. There was no response from Rexius.

At about 3 a.m., SWAT members entered the home with a Boise Police K9 team and found Rexius hiding in the crawl space. He did not appear to be injured, according to the release.

It's unclear what additional charges Rexius will face as a result of the standoff.

Zuniga was arrested on misdemeanor charges of resisting and obstructing, and alcohol consumption by a person under 21. Villareal was arrested on a parole violation, and Pedraza was arrested on a charge of resisting and obstructing.

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