Boise man arrested on kidnapping, assault charges
A Boise man is in the Ada County Jail on charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault after holding a woman hostage inside her own home.
Ada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Alan S. Mansell, 26 of Boise, on Monday, at a home on South Desert Gold Place.
Deputies were sent to the house Monday morning after a woman called 911 to report Mansell had held her in the house at gunpoint for several hours. Mansell and the 42-year-old female had been in a relationship previously. According to information gathered during the investigation, Mansell called the woman at about 3 a.m. Monday to ask for help getting from one location to another.
The woman picked Mansell up near the Boise airport and agreed to take him to a friend’s house. On the way there, the 26-year-old became agitated and paranoid. Mansell showed the woman a 9mm handgun he had borrowed from an acquaintance and talked about feeling as if they were being followed.
As the woman drove toward the friend’s house, Mansell reportedly saw a patrol car and became increasingly agitated and began threatening the driver. He demanded the woman drive to her house in on South Desert Gold Place.
Fearful of the armed man’s threats, the woman followed his orders. Once at the house, Mansell continued to talk about being watched. He told the woman she was unable to leave the house. He threw her cell phone to the ground, shattering it, to keep her from calling for help. At various times, Mansell threatened to kill the 42-year-old. Mansell refused to let the woman out of his sight and told her she was not to leave the house or try to contact anyone.
At about 8 a.m. Monday, about six hours after the incident began, Mansell went into the bathroom to take a shower. The woman was then able to get to her car keys. Taking Mansell’s gun with her, she drove away. The 42-year-old flagged down another driver on Victory Road and used his phone to call for help.
Ada County Sheriff’s deputies immediately responded to the house on South Desert Gold Place and attempted to make contact with Mansell. When all attempts to reach the man were unsuccessful, a search of the home was conducted. A Meridian Police K9 team assisted with the search. The dog located Mansell in the crawl space of the house.
Mansell was taken into custody just after 10:45 a.m. without further incident. He was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center to be treated for the bite he received while being apprehended by the K9. He was then booked into the Ada County Jail on charges of 2nd degree kidnapping (felony), aggravated assault (felony) and resisting or obstructing arrest (misdemeanor).
He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges this afternoon in district court.