Police arrest Boise man who threatened to light himself on fire

Police arrest Boise man who threatened to light himself on fire

Credit: Ada County Jail

Farhan Oudah Farhan

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by KTVB

NWCN.com

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 4:35 PM

BOISE -- A Boise man who threatened to light himself on fire Thursday afternoon during a standoff with police in downtown Boise is now in jail.

Farhan Oudah Farhan, 45, was booked into the Ada County Jail Thursday evening on charges of attempted second-degree arson, stalking, and resisting and obstructing officers.

Officers were called to the 1300 block of W. Grove Street after receiving a report of stalking and a man who smelled of gasoline and was holding a lighter.

Police found Farhan in a minivan and detected the odor of gasoline.  Farhan told the first officer on scene that he was going to light himself and the van on fire.  He refused police commands to surrender.

More officers were called to the scene and several blocks in the Linen District were closed while the Boise Police Department's Crisis Negotiation Team was called in. The team is specially trained to communicate with people dealing with an emotional crisis. Firefighters and Ada County paramedics also responded.

Police say Farhan continued to threaten to harm himself and acted as if he was going to ram officers with his van during an hour of negotiations that got tense at times. His van was blocked in by emergency vehicles.

He finally agreed to surrender to police and came out of his van.  Farhan was taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.

The case was turned over to the Ada County Prosecutor's Office, and Farhan was arrested and booked in the jail on three charges.

Farhan was arraigned in an Ada County courtroom Friday. He was appointed a public defender and his bond was set at $125,000.  He is due back in court on Feb. 7 for a preliminary hearing. 

Boise Police say if you or someone you know ever needs help, call the Idaho Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

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