Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, November 17, 2006

False Report Investigation

False Report Investigation

Boise, Nov. 17, 2006 - Boise Police are investigating a case of making a false police report connected to, what was initially reported as a battery on the greenbelt behind the BSU campus Thursday Nov. 9th. BPD Campus Police, Detectives and Patrol investigated this report as a potential suspected bias incident.

This morning, the 20 year old Boise man who made the initial report confessed to detectives the report was fabricated, that he used a stick and his fists to self-inflict his injuries, and said he also fabricated other evidence connected to his initial report. The individuals confession of a false report is also consistent with evidence uncovered by detectives during their investigation.

Claims as to the individuals motivation for making the false report were also made to police, however, those claims are part of the ongoing investigation and not available for release at this time. When competed, the investigation on filing a false report will be forwarded to prosecutors for possible charges. Filing a false police report is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Boise Police want to reassure the Boise State Campus Community that golf cart, foot, bike and vehicle patrols occur daily on the greenbelt near campus, along with volunteer patrols. Greenbelt safety is consistently a top priority. The department appreciates the cooperation of Boise State, the Boise Parks department and others for the community effort in keeping the greenbelt a safe and vibrant centerpiece of our community.