Nampa man arrested for battery, kidnapping after downtown Boise attack
A Nampa man is in the Ada County Jail after allegedly beating a woman and trying to drag her into his vehicle.
James L. Kopp, 57, Nampa faces charges of second-degree kidnapping, aggravated battery, and DUI.
Boise Police say they responded to a citizen’s call of a disturbance at 13th and Main Streets early about 2:00 a.m. Saturday.
According to BPD spokesman Charles McClure, “Officers found the adult female victim and determined the suspect had fled in his vehicle. The victim and several witnesses told police the woman had just crossed the street when the suspect, who is not known to her, exited his car and punched her in the head knocking her to the ground.”
Witnesses say they called 9-1-1 as they saw the suspect, later identified as Kopp, continue to strike the woman and attempt to drag her toward his vehicle. Witnesses say they attempted to distract Kopp by honking their horns and yelling at the man. They say he eventually left the woman and took off in his vehicle.
Using information provided by the witnesses, officers located the suspect’s vehicle traveling at a high speed on Interstate 84. Officers stopped the driver, who they say appeared to be very intoxicated.
McClure said Kopp received what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries at the time and paramedics responded to the scene.
The victim is receiving services through the Boise Police Department Victim Services Unit.