Arrest In Arson Investigation
Boise July 28th 2007, Officers have taken two juvenile males into custody for an arson that took place on July 22d. A third juvenile male has also been taken into custody on a vandalism that occurred over night. At approximately 1:00AM the three juveniles where caught by security as they vandalized property at Hillcrest Country Club. Detectives have been able to link the two of the suspects to the church fire that took place at 2:00 AM on Sunday July 22nd (see original release below). The third suspect will face charges in the vandalism at Hillcrest only.
The exact charges that the suspects face will be determined by the Ada County Prosecutor.
Boise, July 23, 2007 - Boise Police Detectives are searching for whoever is responsible for what appears to be an arson fire that destroyed a church building early Sunday morning near Orchard and I-84.
The fire was reported at approx. 2:00 a.m. Sunday at the Jehovah's Witness Church at Roosevelt & St. Andrews. Neighbors and people driving down the interstate called 9-1-1 to report seeing flames from the building. Despite an urgent effort by Boise Fire crews, most of the church building was destroyed.
Boise Police Detectives, working with arson investigators from the Boise Fire Department say the fire appears to have started in a corner of the building and there is evidence the fire was intentionally set. One witness told officers they saw two people who appeared to be teenagers dressed in dark clothing running from the building.
Officers say there have been several minor acts of vandalism in the area recently, however it is not known at this time if those minor acts are related to the Sunday morning fire.
Detectives also say, at this time, there is no evidence the church was targeted.
Information that leads to an arrest and conviction could be worth a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000. Anyone with any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.