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Boise man arrested on felony charges after domestic violence incident

Posted at 5:45 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 19:45:07-04

BOISE, Idaho — A Boise man is in the Ada County Jail on four felony charges after a domestic violence incident Wednesday morning. Around 1:30 a.m., Boise Police patrol officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a home near Dorian and Hervey Streets.

When officers arrived, they found evidence of a domestic battery. Officers found a female victim in the front yard of the home and took her a safe distance away where paramedics could provide medical attention. She was later taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Initial evidence shows the victim has been physically beaten and choked by Neil T. Bunker, who was known to her. Bunker then reportedly sexually assaulted the victim. She was able to run from the home at one point, but was grabbed and dragged back inside. She was able to run again and called the police from a neighbor's home.

Bunker had run from the scene before police arrived. Police found him later after he had returned to the same home. 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 Boise Police Department Special Operations Unit responded to the scene due to the severity of the crimes. Crisis negotiators attempted to speak with Bunker, but he refused. After four hours of non-compliance, Bunker surrendered without incident.

Detectives from the BPD Special Victims Unity led the investigation. Bunker is charged with four felonies, including rape, kidnapping, domestic violence and attempted strangulation.

Whitney Elementary was put into shelter in place mode because it is located near the home where the standoff occurred. A BPD Student Resource Officer was on campus during the incident. Students and staff were never believed to have been in danger.