Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, May 07, 2009

05-07-09 Stabbing Suspect in Jail

05-07-09 Stabbing Suspect in Jail

    Boise, May 7, 2009 - Boise Police have arrested the man suspected in a bar stabbing Tuesday night.

    Arrested: Anthony G. Potts, 28, Boise

    Charge: Aggravated Battery (F)

    Boise Police booked Potts into the Ada County Jail early this afternoon. Since the incident late Tuesday, the suspect had been hospitalized for treatment of injuries that apparently occurred while being detained by witnesses following the stabbing, prior to police arrival. The victim in the case was treated and released from the hospital immediately following the incident. 

    Boise Police Detectives say the attack appears unprovoked, the victim and the suspect didn't know each other. Detectives, so far have been unable to find a motive.

    Please check with the Fourth District Court for the arraignment time.

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Original Release:

   Overnight Incident: Stabbing

    Boise, May 6, 2009 - Last night, May 5th, at approximately 10:00 p.m. Boise Police responded to a report of a stabbing at a bar on the 1200 block of Oakland Avenue. Witnesses tell police that the suspect walked up behind the victim, who was playing video games. The suspect reportedly made a comment to the victim about his girlfriend, then stabbed the victim from behind in the shoulder. 

    The suspect fled the establishment on foot and several witnesses chased him across the street to an apartment complex. When officers arrived, the witnesses had caught up to the suspect and had him pinned to the ground. Officers found the suspect with what appeared to be facial injuries that apparently occurred while being detained by witnesses. 

    Both victim and suspect were taken to a local hospital where the victim was released a short time later. At this time the suspect is still being examined by doctors. 

   Officers, during their investigation did find a folding knife. When the suspect is released from the hospital, officers expect he will be booked into the Ada County Jail on Felony Aggravated Battery charges. At this time, because the suspect is not yet formally charged, his name cannot be released. That information will be released when available.