Man tried to gouge out officer’s eye during traffic stop, police say

Lonnie Robinson, 37, of Nampa
Lonnie Robinson, 37, of Nampa

Lonnie C. Robinson, 37, of Nampa is charged with two counts of battery on a police officer after the Monday morning attack during a traffic stop.

Nampa police say one officer pulled over Robinson, driving a red 2008 Nissan Titan, just before 9 a.m. at Northside Boulevard and North Broadmore Way.

Robinson reportedly tried to flee at some point during the stop, after a second officer had arrived. Police say he hopped back into the pickup and put it in gear. The officers tried to stop him, and he started to fight with them, scratching one officer’s face and head and attempting to gouge out one eye.

The officers eventually subdued Robinson, and he was arrested after he was first treated at a local hospital for small lacerations and chest pain.

The officer who took the brunt of the attack was also treated and released. He had a black eye, and lacerations and bruising on his face and head, authorities say.

Robinson was on parole at the time for past drug, firearm and eluding police convictions from Ada and Canyon counties, according to state correctional records. Police also expect him to be newly charged with two counts of possession of stolen property (for firearms), three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a police officer and operating a vehicle without insurance.

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner