Kansas man attacked stranger on Boise street, police say

Daniel McKenzie
Daniel McKenzie

Daniel E. McKenzie of Topeka is in the Ada County Jail Thursday, awaiting arraignment on several possible counts of assault and battery.

Boise police say McKenzie hit another man multiple times in the face the previous evening, then fought with officers when they arrived to arrest him.

Police were called at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday about a battery near 16th and Washington streets. Witnesses described the first attack to them: A man (reportedly McKenzie) walked up to another man and started yelling at him. McKenzie then hit the other man several times with some sort of full, plastic drink cup, “made threatening gestures” at bystanders who tried to help and then fled, witnesses said.

Officers caught up with McKenzie in the 1100 block of Washington Street and arrested him. But while they tried to put him into a patrol car, he pushed an officer and later kicked another officer in the face.

Police say McKenzie did not know his initial victim. That man was examined at the scene by paramedics and declined to be taken to a hospital. Paramedics also checked and cleared both officers involved in the later scuffle.

According to law enforcement, McKenzie was booked into the jail on one felony count of aggravated battery, one felony count of assaulting a law enforcement officer, a misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing officers, and four misdemeanor counts of assault. His charges could not yet be confirmed in online court records Thursday morning.