A bizarre series of incidents, starting with a hit-and-run that seriously injured a pedestrian and ending with the suspect reportedly ramming two police cars, led to the arrest of 29-year-old Christopher M. Conaty on Thursday.
Conaty was booked into the Ada County Jail on felony charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault on an officer and leaving the scene of an injury crash.
Here’s what Boise police say happened, and where:
2:09 p.m. at West Northview Street and North Maple Grove Road — Boise police received reports that a man walking on a sidewalk had been hit by a car. Witnesses said the driver of a gray four-door sedan appeared to intentionally drive onto the sidewalk, hit the man and drive off. The pedestrian, a 30-year-old from Boise, was taken to a local hospital with injuries described as serious but not life-threatening. Police say they have evidence that Conaty and the victim knew each other.
2:15 p.m. in a neighborhood southeast of North Milwaukee and West Northview streets — Ada County dispatchers began receiving calls from neighbors that a man was banging on doors. One neighbor reported the man had run through their yard, breaking a fence.
2:29 p.m. in the 7500 block of West Wilshire Drive just west of North Cole Road — A driver reported a man threatened him and ordered him out of his car. The man refused and told the would-be carjacker he would turn his dog on him. The man ran away.
Patrol officers who had responded to the previous calls arrived almost immediately on Wilshire, according to a BPD news release. The man then reportedly got into a pickup truck and drove it through a yard, directly toward an officer’s patrol car. As the officer attempted to block the suspect from driving off, the man rammed the patrol car.
A second officer maneuvered his vehicle to block the suspect from leaving and also was also rammed by the pickup, police said. Neither officer was seriously hurt.
The suspect yelled threats toward the officers, claiming he had a gun, police said. Officers were able to take the man, later identified as Conaty, into custody.
Conaty was not charged with any firearms counts but the investigation is ongoing, police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said.
“Throughout this series of incidents, citizens were calling in good descriptions of the suspect and what direction he was headed,” said Sgt Justin Kendal. “That cooperation from people in the neighborhood helped officers get into the area to stop this guy, which likely saved other citizens from becoming victims of further crime.”