Man accused of Meridian rampage pleads not guilty to 12 charges

Sean Carnell

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Posted on November 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 11:44 PM

BOISE – A 23-year-old man accused of going a drug-fueled rampage in Meridian last summer has pleaded not guilty to a dozen criminal charges.

Sean Carnell entered the not guilty pleas in an Ada County courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

Prosecutors say he is charged with eight felonies and four misdemeanors stemming from a crime spree on Aug. 21. The charges include robbery, kidnapping, assault, arson, aggravated battery with intent to commit serious injury and cruelty to animals.

Two men, including Nampa Fire Capt. Chris Cade, were hospitalized after the attacks.

Police say Carnell was high on drugs when he went on a 90-minute rampage of attacking complete strangers.

The rampage started in Tully Park that morning. Officers say Carnell attacked a 15-year-old boy and took his skateboard. He struck Cade, who was riding his bike, with the skateboard.  He then yelled at a 10-year-old boy and kicked his dog. After that Carnell, went to an apartment complex where he attacked construction worker Mike Rice with a shovel, started a fire, broke into an apartment and strangled a woman, pushed over a man in a wheelchair, then broke windows in a house and threw rocks at police.

Cade suffered facial injuries, a broken rib, collar bone and shoulder in the attack. He just return to work earlier this month.

Carnell remains in the Ada County Jail on $1 million bond.

A judge has set Carnell's trial for April 21.

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