Star Police and Ada County Sheriff’s deputies are still figuring out exactly where Zackery D. Adams went and what he took from homes during a long standoff in Star Wednesday.
Adams is currently being held in the Ada County Jail on felony counts of burglary, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon in connection with the case.
Adams spent about seven hours hiding from police in the neighborhood to the west of Star Elementary School in the Star Road/Blake Drive area before he was arrested behind a home in the 11000 block of 3rd Street early Wednesday evening.
Adams was seen running through backyards and went into unlocked homes and outbuildings in the neighborhood as he hid from Star Police and ACSO deputies.
Deputies know he took two guns from inside a home on Carswell Way — a .357 handgun and a Taurus .380 with a wooden handle. Deputies recovered the .357 handgun near where Adams was arrested Wednesday and found the Taurus .380 in the same neighborhood early Thursday afternoon. Adams told detectives he left that gun in a shed nearby. It is unclear what else he took during the crime spree. Adams is also charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and providing false information to a police officer.
The incident began just after 11 a.m., when Star Police got a call from the public saying that a man with red hair was acting suspiciously — looking into the backyards of homes in the 11000 block of W. Hidden Brook Drive and jumping over a fence.
When officers arrived, they found a man – later identified as Adams — walking in the neighborhood. When an officer asked him who he was, Adams gave a false name. Moments later, Adams took off running and jumped over a fence. He left behind a backpack.
That’s when officers began searching the neighborhood for Adams, who was seen running around through backyards and going into at least one unlocked garage before officers lost sight of him.
Police found items from the backpack that linked Adams to a home burglary in Nampa the day before.
Ada County Sheriff’s deputies and Meridian Police helped Star Police set up a perimeter around the neighborhood as they searched for Adams.
Ada County dispatchers called homeowners in the neighborhood west of Star Elementary to tell them what was going on, encouraged them to lock their homes, and asked them to report any sightings of Adams back to dispatch.
A picture and short video of Adams running away from Star Police went out on social media platforms Twitter and Facebook and traditional media outlets to help generate leads.
Adams remained hidden for several hours as officers searched the area. Dispatchers started getting more tips of sightings as people got home from work around 5 p.m. and saw him moving around backyards in the neighborhood.
Officers closed the perimeter around those sightings and eventually boxed Adams in inside a yard in the 11000 block of 3rd Street. Adams tried to run away again but eventually surrendered when confronted by two Ada County Sheriff’s deputies. That happened just after 6 p.m.
Adams had a knife on him at the time of the arrest. Deputies also found a small amount of methamphetamine on Adams.
Deputies later determined Adams hid in a boat in the backyard of the home on 3rd Street right before he was arrested. That’s where they found the .357 handgun.
Deputies took Adams to the Star Police substation for an interview before taking him to the Ada County Jail.
We’d like to pass on some major thanks to Meridian Police K9 officers and their dogs for all their help Wednesday.
Ada County Sheriff’s Office Captain Dana Borgquist thanked the public for all their help in calling in updates on Adams’ movements, which ultimately led to his arrest.
The crime of felony burglary is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. More charges against Adams are likely. A preliminary hearing on the case will be set for some time in early July.