A knife-wielding man was taken into custody after he injured nine refugees, six of them children, at a birthday party in Idaho
The Boise Police revealed details of a stranger who violently attacked the attendees of a 3-year-old girl's birthday party with a large knife on June 30 in an apartment complex in Idaho.
The authorities received a call from the residential complex around 9 p.m. Five minutes later, the police arrived at the scene and nabbed the attacker.
The offender has been identified as Timmy Earl Kinner, a 30-year-old from Los Angeles.
According to Oregon Live, the man rampaged the birthday party and attempted to stab the people present at the celebration by stabbing them with his knife.
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The incident did not result in any casualties, however, nine refugees were severely injured in the attack, including six children.
Boise Police Chief William Bones revealed that when the police arrived at the scene, they found the nine victims scattered across the premises, both in and out of apartments in the building.
The victims were rushed to the hospital, where it was detected that all the victims had suffered near-fatal injuries.
Bones was particularly disturbed by the ages of the toddlers who had been attacked. He got emotional as he shared that the oldest child victim was 12 years old, while the youngest was only 3.
He was shaken by the incident, as he confessed that violence of this nature was foreign to Boise.
Bones expressed that the episode had broken his heart, since it involved the targeting of innocent victims and brought them suffering, which is difficult to fathom.
The chief revealed that the children belonged to different cultural backgrounds. The refugees who were attacked came from Syria, Ethiopia, and Iraq.
Besides calling it a brutal crime, Bones stated that the incident had impacted the fabric of the local community and its welcoming culture.
According to The Idaho Statesman, the apartment complex where the attack took place is said to have been run by a non-profit organization in Boise and mainly housed low-income families.
Bones shared that the residents of the complex were bonded by a strong sense of community.
According to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, the accused Kinner had been temporarily living at the complex and had been asked to vacate the apartment on the grounds of bad behavior.
Although Kinner moved out, he vengefully returned to the apartment complex and unleashed an attack on the group of refugees. The police also stated that he targeted the children before the adults.
Bones revealed that Kinner is believed to have used a large folding blade knife as his weapon, which was recovered from a canal in the vicinity.
Kinner, who was found to have a long criminal record, was arrested and charged with six counts of injury to a child and nine counts of aggravated battery and is set to appear in court this week.