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Arrest Made in Mass Attack Involving Refugees

Timmy Kinner, 30, is facing multiple charges
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 1, 2018 9:00 AM CDT

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A man who was recently asked to leave a Boise apartment complex is suspected of going on a stabbing rampage there that injured nine people, including six children, police said Sunday. Four of the victims have life-threatening injuries. Timmy Kinner, 30, is facing nine counts of aggravated battery and six counts of injury to a child for the late Saturday violence, the AP reports. The Boise Police Department say they believe Kinner, from Los Angeles, was a temporary resident of the apartment complex but had been asked to leave on Friday. The complex houses many resettled refugee families, but Kinner is not a refugee. Some victims are from the city's refugee community, Bones tells Idaho News. Police say they do not yet have an exact motive.

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Esrom Habte, 12, and Fathi Mahamoud, 11, were playing in the grass behind their apartment when the attack began. "It was kind of scary because we were outside," says Habte as his mother looks on. "He was chasing people and stabbing people. We saw him saying bad words and stabbing a grown-up really hard and a lot of times." Police found stabbing victims both inside the complex and in the parking lot; Kinner was arrested a short distance away. The apartment complex is just off of one of Boise's busier streets, separated from the traffic by one of the many irrigation canals that run through the city. Bones says the attack resulted in the most victims in a single incident in Boise Police Department history. "As you can imagine, the Wylie Street Apartment and our community is reeling from this attack," he says.
(Read more stabbing stories.)

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