Boise man arrested after Gowen Field bomb hoax

Posted at 5:20 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 19:20:21-04

A Boise man is in the Ada County Jail after police say he mailed what looked like a bomb to Gowen Field.

According to a Boise Police Department news release, a military mail handler at Gowen Field received a suspicious device and letter on Sunday. Authorities later determined the packages were reportedly sent by David Hamby, 39, of Boise. 

Military personnel initially believed the device was a bomb, but later determined that the device was not dangerous, the release said.  At about 12:30 a.m. Monday, Hamby showed up at the front gate of Gowen Field demanding to talk with someone. 

The BPD release said Hamby had made previous threatening comments to those at Gowen Field and, based on that history, Boise Police officers were called to the scene.

Officers spoke with Hamby and took him to the hospital for an evaluation. While at the hospital, Hamby refused to cooperate with officers and hospital staff and officers were forced to deploy a taser on him, the release said.

Hamby was later booked into the Ada County Jail.

He’s charged with possessing or manufacturing a hoax/destructive device (a felony), and a misdemeanor of resisting or obstructing officers.