POCATELLO — A police tactical team arrested a local fugitive Wednesday afternoon who allegedly held a Pocatello woman against her will before robbing her at gunpoint last week.
The Southeast Idaho STAR Team arrested William Randall Davis, 29, on multiple felony warrants around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at his home on the 13000 block of Yellowstone Avenue just north of Chubbuck City limits.
In addition to one count of robbery, Davis faces one count of second-degree kidnapping, one count of aggravated assault, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count eluding a police officer, all felonies.
Davis was wanted on warrants in connection to five felony charges stemming from an incident on June 6 that started in Chubbuck and ended at an employment services company for those with disabilities in the 600 block of Pershing Avenue in Pocatello, according to police reports obtained by the Journal.
The incident last week began to unfold around 3:15 p.m. on June 6 when the Pocatello Police Department fielded a 911 call from a woman who said a man, later identified as Davis, held a handgun to her head because she owed him money, police said.
The woman told police that she had fled from the man inside her work to phone police and that Davis was still sitting inside his Jeep in the parking lot of her work.
Upon arrival, police observed Davis sitting in the driver’s side of the Jeep. Officers drew their duty weapon and ordered Davis out of the vehicle. Davis ignored their commands and careened over the sidewalk and curb as he fled from the parking lot at a high rate of speed, police said.
Davis exited the parking lot and drove south on Pershing Avenue. Davis proceeded to drive through residential streets and the parking lot of Fred Meyer, reaching speeds in excess of 50 mph, which resulted in Police calling off the pursuit.
After police stopped chasing Davis, officers interviewed the woman, who said that she had met Davis earlier in the day at the Bannock Animal Medical Center on Yellowstone Avenue in Chubbuck to pay Davis money that she owed him.
Initially, the woman said she owed Davis $400 for part of a power bill, but later admitted the money was involved with a drug purchase.
When the woman told Davis that she only had $200 on her, he reached down into the storage area of the driver’s side door, removed a handgun, chambered a bullet and placed the barrel of the gun to her head near her temple, police said.
The woman then told Davis that she could go to her work in the 600 block of Pershing Avenue and pick up her paycheck in order to pay him the other $200. Davis then began driving his dark-colored Jeep Patriot toward the business and told the woman, “You better hope it’s enough,” police said.
At the woman’s work, Davis told her to leave her car keys and phone inside the Jeep while she picked up her paycheck, police said. As soon as she got inside the business she locked the door and called the police.
Following the police chase, officers continued to search the surrounding area for Davis but were unsuccessful, police said.
On June 7, police were dispatched to the 1300 block of Fern Avenue in Pocatello for the report of found property. On scene, police discovered a Glock 19 pistol, a loaded magazine, a holster and a set of keys with a key to Davis’ dark-colored Jeep and one to a BMW, police said.
The Glock 19 pistol was not registered to Davis, and because Davis had previously been convicted of a felony, it was illegal for him to possess a gun, police said.
Police continued to investigate leads and attempt to locate Davis from June 6 until his arrest on Wednesday.
Police ultimately located Davis in a single-family residence in the 13000 block of Yellowstone Avenue, police said. Davis was arrested trying to flee the residence, though he was not injured.
Police transported Davis to Portneuf Medical Center where he was medically cleared before booking him into the Bannock County Jail.
The Southeast Idaho STAR Team involved in Davis’ arrest included law enforcement officials from seven nearby counties and one city police department. The Pocatello and Chubbuck Police Departments, Bannock County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police assisted in the arrest.
“The effort between both local police departments, the sheriff’s office and state police was tremendous,” said Chubbuck Police Chief Bill Guiberson. “Time and time again the officers and detectives involved in these cases are willing to work together to get criminals off the streets. Kudos to them because that type of collaboration doesn’t happen everywhere.”
Davis appeared in front of 6th District Judge Paul Laggis on Thursday where his bond was set at $25,000. A hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to take his case to trial has been set for June 27.
If convicted of the charges against him, Davis faces no less than five years in prison and up to life in prison. Davis also faces up to $160,000 in fines.