Tear gas thrown into home; 12 hour standoff ends with four arrests

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A 12 hour standoff, including the Ada Metro SWAT team and tear gas, ended early Friday morning with four people in custody.

The U.S. Marshals task force went to a house on S. Chex Way in Southeast Boise around 3 p.m. Thursday looking for 34-year-old Jacob Sha Rexius. He was wanted for a parole violation.

Officers called for extra resources, including the Ada County Sheriff 's Office, when they realized Rexius was possibly armed and dangerous inside the home. Ada County Sheriff deputies said soon after they arrived at the home, they realized there were other people inside.

"It did appear early on there was more than just the one person we were looking for, which really makes us slow down a lot and be cautious because we need to determine if those people want to be there," said Sergeant Pat Schnieder, of the Ada County Sheriff's Office.

After several hours, three people gave themselves up and walked out of the house. Deputies said it appeared they were acquaintances of Rexius. Officers arrested Ashley Zuniga, 20, of Nampa for resisting and obstructing, and alcohol consumption by a person under 21. Also taken into custody was Marcus Villareal, 25, of Caldwell for a parole violation, and Pedro Pedraza, 19, for resisting and obstructing.

The Ada Metro SWAT team and several other Treasure Valley police agencies surrounded the house, trying to coax Rexius out with a megaphone. SWAT officers also threw tear gas into windows and doors.

When Rexius didn't surrender, SWAT members, aided by the Boise Police K9 team, finally entered the home around 3 a.m. Friday. They found Rexius unarmed, hiding in a crawlspace.

Rexius has a long list of previous criminal charges, including two counts battery, one firearms violation, 17 narcotics violations, 18 parole violations and five counts of failure to appear.