UPDATE: Four suspects identified in Kimberly corn field standoff, one still at-large

Four of the five suspects in Thursdays highspeed chase, and subsequent hours long standoff in a Kimberly corn field, have been identified.
Published: Sep. 16, 2022 at 3:28 PM MDT
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KIMBERLY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — (UPDATE) Thursday afternoon’s dramatic pursuit of fugitives wanted in connection with a home invasion and car theft in Gooding is still, in part, ongoing.

The pursuit began when the Kimberly-Hansen Police Department engaged with a stolen vehicle connected to the incident in Gooding.

The vehicle, and its five occupants, fled until their car came to a stop near red cap corner in Kimberly where four of the five occupants fled into a nearby cornfield.

Then, after a long standoff, law enforcement detained four of the five total suspects.

Eric John Balls, who was charged with a previous warrant, felony eluding and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Nikolas Stevens, who is charged with a previous warrant as well as obstruction.

Hailey Jolene Leazer, charged with possession of methamphetamine and obstruction.

And finally, Stephanie Tompkins who remained in the vehicle was charged with an unrelated warrant in Jerome.

One suspect, Jeff Day, is still at large.

Day is a white male about 5 foot 8 and between 160-180 pounds with short blonde hair.

“That’s what we’re looking for with the public, if they can keep their eyes open and if they see him or know of his whereabouts to call SIRCOMM, call our dispatch and let us know,” said Detective Saufley, Kimberly-Hansen police Department.

Detective Saufley says Day does not present a threat to the community at this time.

If you have any information about Day or his whereabouts, the Kimberly-Hansen Police Department asks you to call SIRCOMM at 208-324-1911.

Gooding City Police Chief Dave Fisher released the following statement via the departments Facebook page.

“At about 11:00 pm on Monday, September 12th, a home invasion occurred in the area of 3rd Ave East in the City of Gooding. While the suspects were armed, no injuries were reported and some property was stolen by the suspects who arrived in an unknown vehicle. The suspects also stole a white Jeep Liberty from the victims. Most suspects wore face coverings such as bandanas or other material concealing their identities. There was a discrepancy as to the number of suspects, ranging from three to five and the incident was not reported until some 90 minutes later. This incident is a random event with no information that further such events in the area were imminent.”

“On the morning of Thursday, September 15th, the stolen Jeep Liberty was located in the City of Kimberly by the Kimberly Police Department and secured for further processing of evidence. As this process evolved, The Kimberly Police Department became involved in a pursuit of several suspects which are likely involved in the Gooding home invasion. Both of these investigations are ongoing as we find alternative means of identifying suspects in both cases and uncover other criminal activities.”


Four of the five suspects in Thursdays highspeed chase, and subsequent hours long standoff in a Kimberly corn field, have been identified. The fifth suspect remains at large.

According to the Facebook Page of the Kimberly-Hansen Police Department, the suspect is 5′ 7″ to 5′ 10″ weighs 160 to 180 has short blond hair. The Police Department believes his name to be Jeff Day.

No other information, besides the departments Facebook post, has been made available at this time.

The public is asked to remain vigilant.

Nikolas Stevens (DOB 10-21-96) – Charged with Obstruction of Justice.

Nikolas Stevens
Nikolas Stevens(KMVT-NEWS)

Eric John Balls (DOB 10/12/96) – Charged with Felony Eluding, and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

Eric John Balls
Eric John Balls(KMVT-NEWS)

Hailey Jolene Leazer (DOB 5/31/94) – Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Obstruction.

Hailey Jolene Leazer
Hailey Jolene Leazer(KMVT-NEWS)

Stephanie Tompkins (DOB 9/29/79) – Charged with Warrants out of Jerome County.

Stephanie Tompkins
Stephanie Tompkins(KMVT-NEWS)

Stevens, Balls and Leazer have been booked into the Twin Falls County Jail.

Tompkins was transported to Jerome County.

KMVT will have more details on exactly what took place as that information is released by the proper authorities.