Police: Nampa officer injured during morning traffic stop, stolen guns and drugs seized

Posted at 2:58 PM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 16:58:35-04

Nampa Police say a suspect tried to gouge out an officer’s eye during a morning traffic stop.

Shortly before 9 a.m., an officer made a traffic stop on a red 2008 Nissan Titan at Northside Boulevard and North Broadmore Way. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Lonnie C. Robinson, 37, of Nampa, according to Nampa Police Sgt. Tim Riha.

“During the traffic stop, Robinson attempted to flee by getting back into his vehicle and trying to put the engine in gear,” Riha said. “A second Nampa Police officer had arrived on scene by that time. Both officers attempted to keep Robinson from driving away, and Robinson began fighting with the officers. During the altercation, Robinson attempted to gouge out one of the officer’s eyes using his thumb and scratched at his face and head area. Officers were able to gain control of Robinson and he was placed into custody.”

The officer who was injured was taken to a local hospital. He was treated and released. “He ended up with a black eye and lacerations and bruising to his face and head,” Riha said.

Robinson was also taken to a local hospital, due to some small lacerations and reports of chest pains. He was treated and released, then booked into the Canyon County Jail.

Officers reportedly found three guns in Robinson’s vehicle, a .22 rifle, a .20 gauge shotgun and a Glock pistol. “We have confirmed at least two of those guns, the shotgun and the pistol, were stolen,” Riha stated.

Officers say they also found a paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

Robinson was charged with two counts of battery on a police officer, two counts of possession of stolen property (firearms), three counts of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting and obstructing a police officer and operating a vehicle without insurance.

Robinson is also currently on probation.