Police: Suspect tried to gouge out Nampa officer's eye during arrest

NAMPA – A Nampa police officer was injured during a traffic stop this morning that resulted in one man's arrest and the seizure of stolen guns and illegal drugs.

Just before 9 a.m., the officer pulled over a red 2008 Nissan Titan at Northside Boulevard and North Broadmore Way in Nampa.

The driver of the truck was identified as Lonnie C. Robinson, 37, of Nampa. During the traffic stop, police say Robinson attempted to flee by getting back in his truck and putting it in gear.

By this time, a second Nampa police officer had arrived on scene. The officers tried to keep Robinson from driving away and he began fighting with them. Robinson tried to gouge out one of the officer’s eyes using his thumb and scratched his face and head. Police were able to get control of Robinson and take him into custody.

Sgt. Tim Riha says the injured officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a black eye and lacerations and bruising to his face and head. He has since been released.

Robinson was also treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and released. He was then booked into the Canyon County Jail on 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.

Riha says Robinson is currently on probation and is well known to law enforcement with a lengthy criminal history.

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