Police Blotter: Kidnapping and Knife Assault

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Matthew Welch, 26, and Heather Johns, 23, are charged with second degree kidnapping. Welch is also charged with robbery and aggravated assault.

A Boise man and woman are behind bars, each charged with kidnapping, after police said the couple used a shotgun to threaten three people.

Boise Police, on patrol Sept. 15, said they spotted the driver of a Chevy Impala speeding with no tail lights on South Curtis Road. When police stopped the vehicle, the driver grabbed what appeared to be a shotgun and took off on foot through a surrounding neighborhood. A short time later, the suspect was located on South Phillipi Street south of Franklin Road. A 12 gauge shotgun was discovered nearby.

Law enforcement said they found evidence that the suspect and a female, who had been driving the vehicle, had used a shotgun to threaten three people and then forced one of the victims into the vehicle.

26-year-old Matthew Welch and 23-year-old Heather Johns, both of Boise, were each charged with felony counts of kidnapping. Welch was also charged with felony counts of robbery and aggravated assault.

David Cortez, 20, (left) and Michael McElroy, 18, (right) are each charged with aggravated battery. Cortez is also charged as a minor in possession of alcohol.
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  • David Cortez, 20, (left) and Michael McElroy, 18, (right) are each charged with aggravated battery. Cortez is also charged as a minor in possession of alcohol.

Boise Police said they were also called to 1400 block of North Oakwood Lane in the early morning hours of Sept. 15. That's where officers said they found two men with minor cuts from a knife fight. Witnesses told law enforcement that two men had threatened other people in the house with a kitchen knife. Police found the suspects in a nearby residence.

20-year-old David Cortez and 18-year-old Michael McElroy, both of Boise, were each charged with felony counts of aggravated battery. Cortez was also charged with a misdemeanor count of minor in possession of alcohol.