Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, March 09, 2009

03-09-09 Aggravated Battery Charges top weekend arrests

03-09-09 Aggravated Battery Charges top weekend arrests

 Boise March 9th, 2009 - Aggravated Battery, Hit & Run charges top the weekend arrests.

    Boise Police arrest a man for 3 separate hit & run collisions. Officers were able to track down the suspect after the victim continued to follow the suspect's car. When Police found the suspect, he left his vehicle and ran on foot until officers caught up with him in a back yard. 

    Arrested: August G. Stanger, 39, Boise

    Charges: Aggravated Assault (F), 3 counts of Leaving the scene of an accident (M), DUI (M), Invalid License (M), Failure to provide proof of insurance (m), 

    On Friday (March 6th) Police were dispatched to a hit and run collision at the intersection of Curtis and Fairview at approximately 11:03 p.m. Witnesses told police dispatch they had seen a white Ford Escape rear-end a blue 4-door Volkswagen in the southbound lanes of Curtis at Fairview. The driver of the the Ford Escape failed to stop, and witnesses told officers to the victim in the Volkswagen was following the Ford that had hit him. 

    The suspect drove southbound on Curtis, winding through neighborhood streets for approx. five minutes, and finally drove into a driveway on the 4500 block of Jewell St. The home did not belong to the suspect.

     The victim pulled in behind the suspect's vehicle on the roadway preventing the suspect vehicle from backing out of the driveway. At that point, witnesses say the suspect put his car in reverse and intentionally rammed into the victim's vehicle again resulting in the aggravated battery charge. The suspect then pulled forward a few feet. Witnesses say he turned the wheel and backed over the mailbox, managing to go around the victim's car and get back onto the street. The suspect then drove westbound on Jewell Street. 

    The victim continued to follow the suspect vehicle for a very short distance, until the suspect vehicle, apparently driving at an excessive rate of speed, lost control at the intersection of Jewell and Pond streets. Witnesses say the vehicle ran into a fence and came to a stop on the embankment. The suspect then got out of his car, tried to run on foot, but when officers arrived, they found the suspect being physically restrained by residents of the area who had witnessed what was going on and prevented the suspect from jumping over a fence to escape. 

    Both the suspect and victim had what appeared to be minor injuries from the collisions, but neither were transported to the hospital.

    Boise Police determined the suspect Stanger was driving without insurance, driving without a license and had been drinking. The suspect was booked on the above charges including the three leaving the scene of an accident charges and aggravated battery. The suspect blew a .15 at the jail and was booked on a DUI charge as well.

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    Arrested: Roland B. Lee, 44, Boise

    Charges: Aggravated Assault (F)

    On Saturday (March 7th) at approximately 3:02 p.m. Boise Police Officers were dispatched to an apartment on the 1000 block of Leadville on an aggravated assault. Witnesses and the victim tell police that the suspect, later identified as Roland B. Lee, had been talking with the victim in the parking lot. The two men know each other. The discussion became heated at one point and the suspect, who appeared to be intoxicated at the time, pointed a handgun at the victim and threatened him. 

    Police located the suspect a short time later at his home in Boise and arrested him without incident. The exact nature of the verbal argument is unclear at this time.

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    Arrested: Jesse L Walker, 39, Nampa

    Charges: Aggravated Battery (F) Leaving the scene of an accident (F)

    On Friday (March 6th) Boise Police were dispatched to a hit and run accident at approximately 8:00 p.m. in the area of Maple Grove and Fairview. Witnesses tell Police that a white SUV had rear ended a silver car that was stopped at the intersection for the light. The victim tells police that the suspect suggested they both pull over to the side of the road so that they would not back up traffic to exchange information. 

    After clearing the roadway witnesses tell police that the victim walked over to the suspect's passenger side window. The victim placed his feet on the running boards of the SUV, and leaned inside the window to talk to the suspect. The victim says when he tried talking to the suspect, later identified as Jesse Walker, Walker began to drive away. The victim attempted to reach in the vehicle and shift the car into park, but could not hang on as Walker accelerated. The victim was dragged 10-20 feet, and then fell off of Walkers vehicle, ripping his jeans and causing road rash on his right side. The victim refused medical treatment at the scene.

    Several witnesses saw the incident and helping police by providing additional description of the suspect vehicle. 

    Boise Police, thanks to witness descriptions, were able to locate the suspect a short time later at a business downtown. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident on the above charges. 

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    Arrested: Brent M Cunningham, 18, Boise

   Charges: Aggravated Assault (F), Malicious Injury to Property (M)

    Boise Police were dispatched to the 3300 block of Maple Grove Road to take an aggravated battery report on Friday, March 6th. When officers arrived at the home, they where told by witnesses that on February 28th at approximately 5:00 p.m., the suspect, Brent Cunningham had been babysitting two boys under the age of 10 at the home. During the evening, witnesses say the suspect allegedly took a BB gun and placed it against the back of one of the boy's head in a threatening manner. The suspect had also allegedly used the BB gun to shoot holes in the walls of the residence. 

    The suspect was located, questioned  by officers, and taken into custody on the above charges.

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    Arrested: Anthony W. Harmon, 34, Boise

    Charges: Burglary (F)

    On Saturday (March 7th) at approximately 5:39 p.m. Loss prevention specialists with a large retail store on the 8300 block of West Overland observed the suspect conceal several DVD's on his person. The man then proceeded to the restroom in the store where he allegedly removed the packaging. Then the suspect also allegedly concealed two bottles of allergy medication on his person and walked out of the store without paying for the items. Loss prevention specialists detained the suspect until Boise Police arrived. Officers determined that the suspect had entered the store with the intent to commit the theft, resulting in the felony burglary charge. 

    The Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Unit has developed a positive, productive working relationship with loss prevention agents from many local retail stores, large and small, local and national chains. The goal of the BPD Organized Retail Crime Unit is to work with retailers to reduce theft and fraud, crimes that can impact consumer prices.

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Release Prepared By: 

Charles McClure 

Boise Police Public Information