Reno, Nevada - A Carson City man made his initial appearance Thursday in federal court on charges related to kidnapping and assaulting a woman after holding her hostage during a 12-hour armed standoff with law enforcement on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson of the District of Nevada.
Rocky Neil Boice Jr., 39, was indicted with one count of kidnapping, one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, one count of felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. He appeared in federal court today before U.S. District Magistrate Judge Valerie P. Cooke.
According to allegations contained in the indictment and criminal complaint, on February 26, 2018, in Wadsworth, Nevada, Boice threatened two women with a knife and he stabbed one of the women in the face and abdomen. The second woman ran to a neighbor’s house to call for help. During an armed 12-hour standoff with law enforcement, Boice pointed a .22 caliber rifle multiple times at the hostage and shot her in the shoulder and head. He was arrested the next morning by law enforcement after the Washoe County SWAT team entered the home. Boice was convicted in 2002 of second degree murder and battery with a deadly weapon in Carson City.
If convicted, the statutory minimum penalty is life in prison for the kidnapping charge.
An indictment merely contains an allegation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Pyramid Lake Tribal Police Department, with the assistance of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the Sparks Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shannon M. Bryant.