Arrested: Neil T. Bunker, 45, Boise
Charged: Kidnapping- First Degree (F), Rape (F), Strangulation- Attempted (F), Domestic Battery (F)
At around 1:30 a.m. Boise Police patrol officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a home near the intersection of Dorian and Hervey Streets. When officers arrived on scene they located evidence that a domestic battery incident had occurred. Officers found a female victim in the front yard of the residence and transported her a safe distance away where paramedics could provide medical attention. The victim was later transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Initial evidence gathered indicated that the victim had been physically battered and choked by a male suspect who was known to her. The man then reportedly sexually assaulted the woman. She was able to run from the home at one point, but the man grabbed her and dragged her back inside. The woman fled the house again and was able to call police from a neighbor’s home. The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival. Officers located that man, identified as Neil Bunker, later after he had returned to the same residence. When officers commanded Bunker to come out of the house, he refused and barricaded himself inside. A perimeter was set up and members of the BPD Special Operations Unit responded to the scene due to the severity of the crimes committed. Crisis Negotiators attempted to speak with the suspect, but again he refused. Eventually, after over four hours of non-compliance, Bunker surrendered without further incident.
Detectives from the BPD Special Victims Unit led the investigation and the suspect was later charged with four felonies including rape, kidnapping, domestic battery, and attempted strangulation.
Whitney Elementary was briefly placed into shelter in place mode because it is near the residence where the standoff occurred. A BPD Student Resource Officer remained on campus during the incident and at no time were students and staff believed to be in danger.