Nampa stabbing suspect arrested

Posted at 9:42 AM, Aug 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 11:42:52-04

A 30-year-old Nampa man is in the Canyon County Jail, charged in connection with a Monday evening stabbing.

About 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nampa Police officers responded to a disturbance call in the 100 block of West Blaine Avenue. According to NPD Sgt. Tim Riha, “The caller (who called into the Nampa Police dispatch center) reported two men were physically fighting -- and that there was a lot of yelling. While officers were en route to the scene, it was reported that one male had been stabbed and that the other fled the scene on foot.”

Officers soon located a 36-year-old Nampa man who had suffered apparent stab wounds. This man was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

The suspect was not immediately located.

Nampa Police detectives were called to scene and, during their investigation, they identified as Gabriel E. Zarate, 30, of Nampa.

Later Monday evening, according to Riha, “Zarate showed up at a local hospital for treatment of wounds he had sustained during the altercation.”

Zarate was treated and released from the hospital. “Once released from the hospital, Zarate was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated battery, a felony,” Riha stated.

Nampa Police Detective Sgt. Don Peck stated, “While Mr. Zarate has been arrested for his involvement in this crime, detectives are still seeking additional assistance from the public in understanding the events surrounding this incident.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Nampa Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.