Crime

Domestic abuse suspect sets off grocery store alarm during chase

Eagle Police Department arrested Eshun after locating him hiding in a drainage pond near the WinCo store at 3032 East State Street.
Eagle Police Department arrested Eshun after locating him hiding in a drainage pond near the WinCo store at 3032 East State Street.

Andrew J. Eshun, 46, tried to run from police who found him Tuesday morning at an Eagle WinCo store, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.

Police were searching for the Boise man after a report earlier Tuesday that he had attacked a woman.

According to the sheriff’s office, which provides policing services to Eagle, dispatchers were called just after 8:30 a.m. and told about a fight at a home in the neighborhood around Floating Feather and Horseshoe Bend roads. Eshun is accused of attacking the woman during an argument, grabbing a butcher knife and threatening her. The woman escaped to a neighbor’s house..

Police began looking for Eshun, finding him before long in the WinCo Foods at 3032 E. State St. He reportedly fled when he saw them, leaving out a fire exit and setting off an alarm in the store. He then reportedly ran into some bushes and a drainage pond behind the store, the sheriff’s office states. He was arrested and taken to the Ada County Jail.

Eshun is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, removal or obstruction of a telephone and two enhancements for domestic battery in the presence of a child — an infant was in the home. Three of those charges — the assault and enhancements — are felonies.

He was arraigned on the charges Wednesday afternoon and bond was set at $25,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 11.

Eshun is currently serving one year of unsupervised probation for another domestic violence case. He was charged last September with misdemeanor domestic battery in the presence of a child, but reached a plea deal in December that reduced that charge to disturbing the peace. He completed alcohol and DUI education classes, had 58 days of possible jail time suspended and received a withheld judgment — meaning if he completed his probation successfully, he could petition the court to erase that conviction.

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