James E. Whitmore is now in the Ada County Jail after he ran and then hid from deputies in a south Ada County neighborhood for over three hours Thursday afternoon in an attempt to avoid arrest.
It didn’t work.
The incident began just before 3 p.m. Thursday.
Deputies were on their way to arrest Whitmore at a home in the 3800 block of S. Upland Avenue on a felony domestic violence warrant in connection with an incident earlier this week when he saw them coming and ran away.
Whitmore was seen running through backyards of homes in the Five Mile/Victory/Maple Grove/Amity roads neighborhood as he tried to get away. Deputies began to search the area — some were in cars, others were on foot — to find Whitmore.
Boise and Meridian police K-9 dogs and their handlers joined the search. Members of the US Marshals Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force also helped.
Whitmore spent about three hours hiding before deputies eventually found him wedged inside an outdoor doghouse near Roan Meadows Drive around 6:15 p.m. Thursday.
The doghouse was less than a mile away from the Upland Avenue residence.
Whitmore surrendered without incident at that point.
Deputies arrested Whitmore and took him to the Ada County Jail, where he is being held without bond on the felony domestic violence charge.
Other charges will be filed at a later time for running and hiding from deputies.
We would like to thank all the residents of the Five Mile/Victory/Maple Grove/Amity roads neighborhood for all their patience and help Thursday.
Whitmore will make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon.