“Not only for the refugee community,” Boise residents protest for safety concern after stabbing attack
A 30-year-old California man accused of a vicious stabbing attack of nine refugees, including six young children, was charged with murder on Monday after one of the children died from injuries related to the attack.
Timmy Earl Kinner was arraigned at the Ada County Courthouse on Monday afternoon.
A 3-year-old victim, who was celebrating her birthday when the attack happened, was flown to Utah for treatment and died there, according to a Boise Police press release. She was identified by the International Rescue Committee as Ruya Kadir.
One other child has been treated and released from a local hospital, while the seven remaining victims are still in the hospital. Many of those still in the hospital have serious or critical injuries.
The criminal complaint lists the names of the adults who were stabbed, but a spokesman for Saint Alphonsus Medical Center said the hospital will not release conditions of crime victims. The names of the children were listed only by initials in the complaint.
Boise Police stated in the release that "due to the nature of their injuries," police will not provide regular status updates on the conditions of the victims.
Boise Police are asking anyone who has had contact with Kinner in recent weeks or months to contact Boise Police by calling Crime Stoppers: at 208-343-2677, www.343COPS.com or leave a tip using the “P3 Tips” app for your mobile device. The out of area number to call is 1-800-222-TIPS.
Kinner was booked into the Ada County Jail early Sunday morning on the suspicion of nine counts of felony aggravated battery and six counts of felony injury to a child. He was charged on Monday with one count of first-degree murder, eight counts of aggravated battery and a use of deadly force enhancement.
He is being held without bail due to extreme risk to the community, said Judge Russell Comstock.
Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Dan Dinger said in court Monday that Kinner has exhibited aggressive behavior while in jail. He cited two incident reports: one in which Kinner was threatening staff and another in which he was endangering himself and others.
In court, Kinner requested to represent himself, but Comstock said he would assign Kinner a public defender for now.
“Do you understand what you’ve been charged with now, sir?” Comstock asked.
“No, no sir,” Kinner replied.
“What don’t you understand?” the judge asked.
“I don’t understand none of this, sir,” Kinner said.
The jail roster lists Kinner's city of residence as Los Angeles, but Dinger at the court hearing said Kinner was homeless with no real ties to Boise. Kinner was in southern Utah in April and California in March.
He also has an extensive criminal record in Tennessee, according to court records. He has prior drug, weapons and assault convictions.
Kinner is scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary hearing before Judge Michael Oaths at 8:30 a.m. July 16.
Boise Police Chief Bill Bones said Kinner was staying with someone at the Wylie Street Station Apartments last week, but on Friday was asked to leave.
Police responded to reports of a man attacking people at the Wylie Street Station Apartments with a knife just before 9 p.m. Saturday.
Investigators say Kinner returned to the apartment complex seeking revenge for being kicked out. He is accused of attacking children at a 3-year-old's birthday party, as well as adults and others in the vicinity. Police found stabbing victims inside and outside the apartments.
"This is an attack against those who are most vulnerable, our children," Bones said. "It's untenable, unconscionable and is pure evil in my mind."
All of the victims were hospitalized in Boise; one child was later flown to a Salt Lake City hospital. The extent of the victims' physical injuries varied, but some will be life-altering, Bones said at a press conference Sunday.
Boiseans responded to the shocking attack — described by the police chief as the largest in department history — with a rally, prayer service and fund-raising for the victims. Donations can be made online at rescue.org/Boise.
A vigil is planned for 6 p.m. Monday at Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.
Wylie Street Station Apartments are on Wylie Lane behind a Thriftway Home Center store on State Street, southeast of Collister Boulevard. They offer low-income family rentals under a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program.
Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413