Man identified who police say broke into home, brandished handgun, fled into Kuna desert

A Nampa man is in police custody after he reportedly violated a no-contact order Sunday night and brandished a handgun at a woman in Meridian before fleeing into the desert.

According to a Meridian Police Department news release, Jefferson Griffith, 53, forced his way into a home on the 5000 block of Meridian Road on Sunday evening. Police said the homeowner had a no-contact order against the Nampa man.

“After a struggle with another person in the residence the suspect fled the scene,” police said.

Officers found Griffith in the desert near Kuna’s Swan Falls Road. Meridian police, Ada County Sheriff’s deputies and local SWAT officers were negotiating with the suspect around 7 p.m. Shortly before 8 p.m., police said they had the suspect in custody.

Griffith was booked into the Ada County Jail on two felony counts aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and five misdemeanors: violation of a no-contact order, unlawful entry, malicious injury to property, resisting and obstructing an officer and battery.

Nicole Blanchard is the Idaho Statesman’s outdoors reporter. She grew up in Idaho, graduated from Idaho State University and Northwestern University and frequents the trails around Boise as much as she can.