Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

BB-Gun rampage ends in felony arrests; overnight felony arrests in the City of Boise

01-13-10 BB-Gun rampage ends in felony arrests; overnight felony arrests in the City of Boise

     BB-Gun rampage ends in felony arrests; overnight arrests of note in the City of Boise

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   Arrested: Johnny L. Tran. 18, Boise

   Charges: Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm into an Occupied Dwelling (F), Malicious Injury to Property (F)

   Arrested: Brian A. Sonek, 20, Boise

   Charges: Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm into an Occupied Dwelling (F), Malicious Injury to Property (F)

    Boise Police responded to a report of a window shot out last night (January 12th) at approximately 11:00 pm at a residence on the 2600 block of North 26th street. The victim at that residence tells police he was in his living room when the large picture window was shot out with some kind of projectile. During the course of the investigation, officers determined that several residences and vehicles in the area had been shot with what appeared to be a bb-gun or pellet gun type firearm. Officers located the two suspects in a vehicle circling the neighborhood and recovered the bb-gun pistols used in the vandalism spree.

     Officers have evidence that the two adult male suspects used two bb-guns to shoot out the picture window of the residence on the 2600 block of North 26th, the front windshield of a pickup and the passenger window of a suburban on the 3400 block of Lassen and the window of a pickup on the 3400 block of Shasta. The estimated damage to property exceeds $1,000 dollars. The suspects were transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges.

    "Vandalism like this, in a neighborhood, is the kind of thing we can all help to prevent. Get to know your neighbors, be aware of your surroundings and report unusual activity to police. Just being a good neighbor, or joining a neighborhood watch is the best way to prevent many crimes!" Says Sgt. John Terry, watch commander with Boise Police.

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   Boise Police Special Operations Unit responds to overnight Call

   What Happened:Boise Police received a 911 hang-up last night (January 13th) at approximately 3:00 a.m. from a residence on the 3000 block of Silver Street. Officers who responded determined a domestic dispute had taken place and the suspect was still inside the home. Officers had reason to believe a firearm may be in the home and Special Operations (SOU) responded to the scene. Approximately 2 hours later the suspect was taken into custody without incident and he is currently being evaluated at a local hospital. No further information is available at this time.

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   Warrant Arrested: Ryan A. Hale, 19, Garden City

   Warrant Charges:Rape (F)

The suspect was taken into custody on an outstanding felony warrant for Rape yesterday.

The arrest warrant stems from an investigation into an incident that took place on December 6th of 2009. On that date, the victim, a juvenile female under the age of 15, tells police the suspect raped her at a residence in downtown Boise. Detectives have no reason to believe there are other victims in this case at this time. That investigative information was forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and resulted in the felony warrant. Further inquires into this case should be directed to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorneys office. 

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   Warrant Arrested:Michael B. Thrupp, 40, Boise

   Warrant Charges:Aggravated Battery (F)

The suspect was taken into custody on an outstanding felony warrant for Aggravated Battery yesterday.

The arrest warrant stems from an ongoing investigation into an attack that took place on September of 2009. On that date, the adult female victim tells police the suspect struck her in the face causing serious injuries. The victim and the suspect are well known to each other and the incident took place in a residence on the 3700 block of North 39th street. A verbal argument did not take place and the reason for the attack is unclear at this time. That investigative information was forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and resulted in the felony warrant.

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   Warrant Served: Hal R. Culley, 68, Boise

   Warrant Charges:Intimidation of a State's Witness (F)

The suspect, who is currently incarcerated in the Ada County Jail, was served a warrant for Intimidation of a State's Witness yesterday.

The warrant stems from an ongoing investigation into letters written to a victim in the suspect's case. The letter was mailed to the victim, who contacted police. That investigative information was forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and resulted in the felony warrant.

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   Warrant Arrested: Saul A. Braden, 24, Boise

   Warrant Charges:Receiving Stolen Property (F)

The suspect was taken into custody on an outstanding felony warrant for Receiving Stolen Property yesterday.

The arrest warrant stems from an ongoing investigation into a stolen credit card. Evidence indicates the suspect was involved in the use of the stolen credit card and participated in the purchase of more than $5,000 dollars in merchandise between August and October of last year. That investigative information was forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and resulted in the felony warrant.

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Charles McClure


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