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Boise football coach who helped with May car rescue arrested for suspected beating

Couple injured in rollover crash reunites with Boise football players who saved them

Alan and Margaret Hardman were rescued from their overturned vehicle Tuesday by Boise football players. The Boise Black Knights were on their way home from a tournament when they came across the wreck. On Thursday, the teens reunited with the couple.
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Alan and Margaret Hardman were rescued from their overturned vehicle Tuesday by Boise football players. The Boise Black Knights were on their way home from a tournament when they came across the wreck. On Thursday, the teens reunited with the couple.

Police arrested the youth football coach who helped rescue a couple trapped in a car in May for aggravated battery after he and three teenagers were accused of beating at least two people with paddles along the river.

The 38-year-old coach Rudolf Jackson, 18-year-old Ju-li Jackson-Moore, 18-year-old Alexa Williams and 18-year-old Julio Pena were all arrested July 6 after Boise Police responded to a report of eight people fighting along the Boise River, near the take-out point at Ann Morrison Park.

Boise Police spokeswoman Haley Williams said there are conflicting stories about the incident, but there were at least two victims in the fight and one had a broken leg. Several witnesses saw the fight, but it’s unclear why the fight started, she said. In addition to the paddles, court documents accuse the suspects of throwing rocks at the victims and allege Jackson tackled one man.

Bond was set at $150,000 for Jackson, Williams and Pena. Jackson-Moore is being held on a $75,000 bond. All suspects are still in the Ada County Jail.

Jackson made headlines in May after he and members the Boise Black Knights, a team of mostly 13- and 14-year-old tackle football players, lifted the overturned car to help free a trapped couple after coming upon the accident.

The youth football team witnessed a rollover crash in front of one of the team’s vans on U.S. 95 in Oregon, just south of Jordan Valley, and stopped to help. Alan and Margaret Hardman, both 65, of Winnemucca, Nevada, were injured but survived.

Haley Williams said the fight involving Jackson is one reason that the Boise Police Department and Ada County Sheriff’s Office devoted increased patrols on the Boise River, between Barber Park and the Ann Morrison take-out, this weekend.

Over this weekend, law enforcement issued 20 citations issued along the river, with citations ranging from open container to public urination.

Correction: On Monday, the Idaho Statesman incorrectly listed whether Julio Pena was in custody. Pena is still in custody at the Ada County Jail.

Ruth Brown: 208-377-6207, @RuthBrownNews
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