Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, July 06, 2009

07-06-09 Voyeurism Charged after Witnesses call Police; weekend arrests

07-06-09 Voyeurism Charged after Witnesses call Police; weekend arrests

    Boise July 6th, 2009 - Boise Police arrest a man Sunday after he was witnessed taking pictures under women's skirts.

    "The victims say they had no idea the suspect was behind them taking these pictures," said Lt. Alan Cavener, Boise Police Patrol Watch Commander. "Citizens have a reasonable expectation of some privacy when they're in public. That's why this law is in place. We appreciate the witnesses coming forward to report this so our officers could follow up and indeed, find evidence of a crime." 

    Arrested: Paul E. Nichols, 54, Boise

    Charge: Video Voyeurism (F) ISC 18-6609

    What Happened: Boise Police were called by two citizens to a business in Boise's downtown at approx. 6:45 p.m. Sunday, July 5th. The witnesses reported they had been in the business and saw a man hold a small camera beneath the skirts of two women. According to the witnesses, the women appeared to be unaware of the man's activity.

    The witnesses told officers they approached the man in the business and asked him about using the camera, and the suspect walked away. The witnesses immediately called police. Thanks to the witnesses description, officers found the suspect walking a short distance away. With the help of employees at the business, through business records, officers were able to get a name for one of the victim's, call her and eventually speak with both women. The women told officers if there was evidence of this crime, they wanted to press charges.

    Boise Police Detectives from the Special Victims and the Internet Crimes units were called to continue the investigation started by patrol officers. The detectives were able to find evidence that made them believe the suspect had committed the crime of Video Voyeurism. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Ada County jail on the charge.

    "This is a crime that's not reported very often," said Lt. Cavener. "But with today's technology, people should be aware that this type of activity can occur, it is a crime, and will be thoroughly investigated when reported."      

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    Arrested: Jason M. Patterson, 35, Boise

     Charges: Aggravated Assault (F)

    Boise Police responded to a report of an assault in progress at a home on the 700 block of North 26th Saturday, July 4th, at approximately 8:40 p.m. Witnesses tell police that the suspect, later identified as Jason Patterson, had been involved in an ongoing dispute with a resident of the home. Witnesses say the suspect and the victim had been drinking and began to argue. At one point, the victim says the suspect produced a kitchen knife and verbally challenged him with the weapon. Boise Police located the suspect walking away form the scene still in possession of the knife. The suspect was transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges.

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    Arrested: James D. Miller, 18, Boise

     Charges: Burglary (F)

    Arrested: Johnathon E. Banks, 18, Boise

     Charges: Burglary (F)

    Boise Police responded to a citizen's report of a vehicle burglary in progress at a home on the 3800 block of East Alta Ridge Court Friday, July 3th, at approximately 4:00 a.m. When police arrived, victims gave officers detailed descriptions of at least three males in two vehicles who had the citizens saw entering at least several cars. Boise Police located the suspect vehicles traveling together in the immediate area. A search of the vehicles turned up several of the items believed to have been taken during the vehicle burglaries including a stereo, an I-Pod and several personal items. Officers determined that the three suspects, James Miller, Johnathon Banks, and a third juvenile male had been searching for vehicles in the area that looked like easy targets. The two adult suspect's were transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges. The Juvenile male was released to a parents custody and charges will be forwarded to the Ada County Juvenile Prosecuting Attorneys Office.

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    Arrested: Jeffery T. Thacker, 44, Boise

     Charges: Grand Theft (F)

    Boise Police took a report of a stolen vehicle Thursday, July 2nd, from a home on the 3000 block of North Kimball. The victim tells police that an acquaintance had taken the vehicle after asking to borrow the keys to retrieve something left in the vehicle. On Friday, July 3rd, the vehicle and the suspect, later identified as Jeffery Thacker, were located in Meridian. The suspect was transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges.

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Release Prepared By:
Charles McClure
Boise Police Public Information