Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, April 23, 2007

Update: Homicide Investigation

Update: Homicide Investigation

Boise - April 23, 2007, 1:00 p.m. - Boise Police have charged a man with Grand Theft after he was found driving the vehicle of a man found murdered last Friday.

      Arrested: Jesus Vasquez Sanchez, 20, Mexican Citizen

       Charged: 1 ct. Grand Theft, $1 Million dollar bond

      Background: On Saturday, a citizen spotted the car of the murder victim in Garden City. Following up on information provided by the citizen, Boise Police, with the help of Garden City Police Officers were able to pull the car over near the fairgrounds without incident. An adult male driver, the only occupant of the car, was detained for questioning.

      Late Saturday, the driver, Sanchez, was taken to the Ada County Jail, detained by the INS who reports Sanchez is in the U.S. illegally.

      Today, Boise Police charged Sanchez with Grand Theft for stealing the murder victim's car, a 1994 maroon Mitsubishi Galant. Detectives also say Sanchez is a person of interest in the homicide.

      The Homicide: Boise Police continue to investigate leads from the homicide reported Friday at an apartment on the 5600 blk of Dorian, near Curtis and Overland.

      The crime was reported at 12:20 p.m. Friday by friends and a relative of the victim who immediately called police after they went to the victim's apartment and found the victim dead inside.

      The Ada County Coroner has identified the victim as Fernando Leon Bayesteros, 26 of Boise. The coroner reported Saturday Bayesteros died after being strangled and stabbed in his apartment. It appears the crime occurred 2 - 3 days prior to being discovered.

      Officers at the scene Friday could not find the victim's car. The Boise Police Department put out an alert to the community through local media asking citizens to watch for the vehicle. The citizen who spotted the car recognized it from local media reports.

     This is a very active ongoing homicide investigation. Detectives remain hopeful their leads will find the person or persons responsible. At this time, more details are not available for release.