Boise Man Charged With Physical, Verbal Assault of Iraqi Students


Brian Olson, 42, is charged with malicious harassment and failure to appear. - COURTESY ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Courtesy Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • Brian Olson, 42, is charged with malicious harassment and failure to appear.
A Boise man is behind bars at the Ada County Jail, charged with a felony, after local law enforcement charged him with physically and verbally abusing a group of student from Iraq.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office reports that the incident occurred Oct. 4 at the Lucky Peak lookout off of Idaho Highway 21. That's where three students—ages 16, 17 and 18—said they were the victims of racial epithets from the suspect who had jumped out of his truck. The suspect also allegedly tore a necklace from the neck of the one of the boys and knocked a soda can out of the boy's hand. The suspect also allegedly grabbed another of the boys by the collar, asking him if he could swim. 

The students also told authorities that the suspect entered their car and rummaged around, pulling a soccer ball out of the vehicle. 

The victims were able to get the license plate of the suspect's vehicle and took photos of the suspect with their smartphones. After relaying the incident to a school resource officer at a Boise high school, Ada County Sheriff's Deputies arrested the suspect, charging him with a felony count of malicious harassment, which is punishable by up to five years behind bars.

42-year-old Brian Olson of Boise is being held at the Ada County lockup on the harassment charge and an additional misdemeanor count of failure to appear from a previous charge. Bond has been set at $500,000.He faces a preliminary hearing, set for Tuesday, November 18.