Orofino man charged with providing shelter to Orofino runaway


New developments in that runaway case out of Orofino. Police have now charged the adult the teen was staying with.

Tyson K. Imel, 26, is now charged with a misdemeanor for providing shelter to a runaway child. Around 6:15 Tuesday night, Orofino police took him into custody on an arrest warrant.

This is Kristian Perez, who disappeared Saturday from Orofino’s prom at the National Guard Armory. Police and the community worried for his safety, especially after finding Perez’s tuxedo jacket, one shoe, and his damaged cell phone near the vehicle he’d taken to prom. For more than 48 hours, officials scoured the area. A search dog tracked Perez’s scent about 150-yards from the armory, where the scent vanished, suggesting Perez may have gotten into a car.

Orofino Police Chief, Jeff Wilson told me it was a citizen’s call that helped them locate Perez, hiding at Tyson Imel’s home.

"We were fortunate enough to get a tip that led to a house on Indio Avenue here in Orofino,” said Chief Wilson. “Kristian was found with a 26-year-old male, an Orofino resident by the name of Tyson Imel. And ultimately we were disappointed in the fact that he had elected to, in essence, run away and not contact family members knowing people were looking for him. But at the same time it was a relief to find him and find him safe and sound and be able to get him back home."

Police say they took Tyson Imel into custody without incident. He was processed at the Clearwater County Jail, then posted his $1,000 bond and is now out. He’ll be arraigned on May first in Clearwater County Court.

As for Perez, prosecutors filed a complaint against him for being a runaway. In Idaho it is a status offense for anyone under 18 to run away. As we reported yesterday, police released him to his mother.

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