Police: 9-year-old boy holding knife threatens two younger boys at Boise park

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comMarch 5, 2014 

A 9-year-old boy who jumped out of a tree and threatened two younger children with a pocket knife at a Boise park Tuesday afternoon has been identified by police, and a school resource officer has been assigned to investigate the incident.

No one was injured.

The incident, which occurred at Elm Grove Park in the North End, was reported to police just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses saw the 9-year-old get in a vehicle and were able to provide the license plate number to police. An officer located the child and spoke to one of his parents.

The parent of the 9-year-old appeared to take the matter seriously and understood how the parents of the younger boys could be upset, said Lynn Hightower, a spokeswoman for Boise police.

Hightower said a school resource officer would determine if the boy's threat was intended as a prank or was malicious.

A North End resident posted information about the incident on the neighborhood social media app Nextdoor. The warning to other parents indicated the two boys who were threatened are just 4 years old, and the 9-year-old also threatened one of the mothers of the young boys.

Hightower said there was no mention of a threat toward one of the mothers in the police report, but it did say the 9-year-old threw sticks at the mothers until he was picked up by a parent.

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