09-28-08 Two Robberies - Two Arrests
Boise, Sept. 28, 2008, 9:45 p.m. - Boise Police responded to two robberies at two convenience stores today and tonight, have two people in custody.
Neither incident is connected. However both robbery suspects were caught thanks to alert, quick thinking citizens and quick response by officers!
Tonight, at approx. 7:57 p.m. Boise Police were called to a convenience store near the corner of 27th and Main by a witness who reported to police dispatchers the store was being robbed. The witnesses reported a man wearing shorts and carrying a backpack walked into the store, laid the backpack on the counter and demanded money.
The witness, a woman who had just been inside the store, described the suspect to dispatchers and detailed the direction he ran after leaving the store. Dispatchers relayed the information to responding officers. Officers found the suspect riding a bike about four blocks away.
"The best way citizens can help is to be a good witness, call in suspicious activity quickly, and give us a good suspect description or direction the suspect is headed." said Boise Police Patrol Lt. Doug Doney. "That's exactly what this witness did tonight. Her information was a great help in making this quick arrest possible. We owe her a lot of thanks."
The suspect had told the clerk at the store, and repeated to arresting officers that he had a bomb inside the backpack. Officers were able to get the suspect separated from the backpack and took the suspect safely into custody. The Boise Police Bomb Squad was called and found the threat had been a hoax, there was no device inside the backpack.
Arrested: Bradley J. Munroe, 19, Melba
Charge: Robbery (F)
Boise Police thank Garden City Police for their help in searching for the suspect.
This morning at approx. 6:00 a.m. Boise Police were called to the robbery of a convenience store at Five Mile and Fairview. Witnesses told officers a man walked into the store carrying a knife and demanded money from the clerk. A man who was a customer in the store was able to subdue the suspect. The customer and the female clerk were then able to knock the knife away from the suspect and detain him until police arrived.
"We can't encourage citizens to take matters into their own hands, but today, the actions of both the customer and the clerk were a huge help in getting this suspect arrested," said Boise Police Patrol Sgt. Ted Snyder.
"Anytime someone gets involved when a suspect has a weapon, there's a big chance someone's going to get hurt. We don't want citizens to put themselves in danger. Still, these two citizens felt they could take quick, decisive action, and we have a dangerous suspect in custody because of it. We're thankful he's in custody and we're very thankful the citizens weren't hurt." said Sgt. Snyder.
Arrested: Christopher W. Anderson, 22, Boise
Charge: Robbery (F)
Boise Police also thank Ada County Sheriff's Deputies for their quick assistance in responding to this call.