Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, July 23, 2009

07-23-09 Arrest in Robbery, Aggravated Assault

07-23-09 Arrest in Robbery, Aggravated Assault
    Boise, July 23, 2009 - A suspect identified by Boise Police as wanted for a Home Invasion Robbery and Aggravated Assault was arrested last night by officers with the US Marshals G.I.F.T. Task Force (Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force).

    "The Marshal's Task Force is helping is find and apprehend fugitives who we identify as repeat, sometimes career criminals," said Capt. Gary Compton of the Boise Police Criminal Investigation Division.

    "These fugitives are considered dangerous, and that's who the Task Force agents target. Getting these fugitives off the street and into a courtroom is huge in helping us keep the citizens of Boise safe." said Capt. Compton.
    
    Arrested: Marcus Villarreal, 21
    
    Charges: Robbery (F), Aggravated Assault (F)


    Villarreal was arrested Wednesday afternoon approx 5:15 p.m. at a home in Nampa reference an arrest warrant issued out of Ada County May 22, 2009 following a Boise Police investigation. Villarreal is currently being held in the Canyon County Jail.

    Background: Villarreal was identified by Boise Police detectives as a suspect shortly after a home invasion robbery May 21st. The victim of the robbery told police two men came into his apartment through an unlocked door, taking cash, a lap top, and other personal items, including a cell phone and wallet.

    Almost immediately, the suspects were seen by two witnesses who thought they looked suspicious. The witnesses confronted the two men and the suspect pointed handguns at the witnesses, resulting in the aggravated assault charge. Neither the victim or witnesses were hurt during the incident.

    Boise Police detectives say more arrests are likely in connection with this incident.
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Original Released posted 5-21-09 at www.boisepolice.org

Boise Police Search for Robbery Suspects


   Boise, May 21, 2009, 3:50 p.m. - Boise Police are searching for two robbery suspects after they abandoned their car and ran off in a shopping center parking lot on Overland just east of Cole.
 
   Initial Call: Boise Police responded to the area of Phillippi and Edson Streets, after a woman called 911 saying a man had just pulled a gun on her and a male companion.
 
   Officers arrived and were told by a man and woman that they had seen two men they thought were acting oddly, possibly suspicious, standing at the base of some stairs. The male witness tells officers he confronted the two, asked them what they were doing, and they ran. The man chased them briefly to a car, where reportedly one suspect pulled a gun and threatened the witness. The two men then drove off. The witnesses were immediately able to give police a good description of the suspect vehicle.
 
   Suspect vehicle located: Eight minutes later, an officer in the area spotted the suspect vehicle, a white Pontiac Grand Prix, abandoned in a parking lot on the south side of Overland, just east of Cole Rd. The suspects were no longer in the vehicle. Officers did an immediate search of the area, but the suspects have not been located.
 
   The Robbery: Officers responding to the area of Phillippi and Edson located an apartment where the two suspects had just left. One man inside told officers the suspects had come into his apartment through an unlocked door and robbed him, taking cash, a lap top and a pair of sneakers. The victim claims he did not know the suspects. The victim suffered a superficial injury the robbery. The wound is non-life threatening and did not require the robbery victim to go to the hospital.
 
   Officers found the sneakers near the apartment. The lap top was also found inside the suspect vehicle.
 
   The Suspects: Officers say the suspects appear to be two darker-skinned, possibly Hispanic males, with black hair, wearing dark clothing and dark pants (not jeans), and appeared to be approx. 25 years old.
 
   If anyone has any information, they're urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.
 
   The investigation is continuing.