Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, May 07, 2010

Police Arrest man charged with Robbing a Woman of Prescription Drugs Outside a Pharmacy; Overnight Felony Arrests

05-07-10 Police Arrest man charged with Robbing a Woman of Prescription Drugs Outside a Pharmacy; Overnight Felony Arrests

            Boise, May 7, 2010 - Boise Police responded to a call of a robbery in front of a southeast Boise pharmacy Thursday afternoon. A man had grabbed a woman's bag that contained prescription pain medications and run off. Detectives with the Ada County Sheriff's Office later found the suspect. Today he is in jail facing two felony charges.

           "This has to be considered a desperate crime. Kudos to the victim who quickly drew attention to the robbery and to the suspect, and to the citizens who saw what was happening and got the suspects vehicle description. That was a huge help to detectives who eventually were able to track this suspect down." Said Lt. Kent Lipple of the Boise Police Department Patrol Division.

           Arrested: Joseph R. Looney, 25, Boise

           Charges: Grand Theft (F) (Boise Police charge), Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (F) (Ada County Sheriff charge)

           What Happened: Boise Police were called by witnesses to a robbery outside a pharmacy near Overland and Five Mile in southeast Boise at approx. 3:35 p.m. Thursday, May 6th. The victim, a woman in her 70's, tells officers she was at the pharmacy waiting for her prescription to be filled when a young man, who police believe to be the suspect Looney, began a conversation with her. The woman tells officers she mentioned to the young man how expensive her prescription pain medications were. After the prescriptions were filled, the victim says the young man walked next to her as she left the store, then grabbed the bag of medications out of her hands and ran off. The woman began yelling for help. Several citizens were able to give officers a good description of the pick up truck the suspect drove off in.

           Boise Police contacted other local law enforcement agencies to be on the look out for the suspect and suspect vehicle. At approx 6:45 p.m., detectives with the Ada County Sheriff's Office alerted Boise Police they had made contact with the suspect at a fast food restaurant on Fairview Ave. The suspect was found to have in his possession multiple tablets of Oxycontin, the same medication stolen from the woman at the pharmacy. Detectives say they also found evidence the suspect was preparing to use and sell the prescription meds. After further investigation, the suspect was taken to the Ada County jail and booked on the above charges.

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    Arrested: Rodney L. Pylican, 35, transient

    Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine (F), Possession of marijuana (m), Carrying a concealed weapon (m), Petit theft (m), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

    Arrested: Melissa R. Denton, 26, transient

    Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine (F), Possession of marijuana (m), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

Boise Police were called by an employee of a convenience store on the 2700 blk of W. Main St. last night at approx 10:55 p.m. reporting a theft that had just occurred. The clerk reported a man who had come in to borrow a gas can had also picked up a package of batteries and left the store without paying for them. The man left his drivers license with the clerk in exchange for borrowing the gas can. Shortly after the officer arrived at the store, he saw a woman, later identified as the suspect Denton, carrying the gas can. The officer then found the man who had reportedly borrowed the gas can and stolen the batteries sitting in the woman's car a short distance away. The man was arrested for the theft. During a subsequent search of the suspect Pylican, officers found three concealed knives in his clothing. An additional search of the suspects and vehicle was done by a police service dog, Rex. Rex and his officer handler were able to locate drug paraphernalia, including scales, spoons and syringes, and a small bundle of plastic baggies. One baggie contained a small amount of marijuana, the other contained a white powdery substance that tested positive as meth. Both suspects were booked into the Ada County jail on the above charges.

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           Arrested: Titus S. (Michael) Ourada, 60, Duluth, MN

           Charges: Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer (F), Resisting & Obstructing Arrest (m), j-walking (citation)

           Boise Police were called by a retail business on W. Myrtle St. near S. 2nd St. by employees who requested officer trespass a man who had been standing outside the business reportedly yelling at customers in English and other languages. Officers arrived and told the man he had to leave the property, which he did. Officers then saw the man j-walk across Myrtle and when the man began walking toward Julia Davis Park, officers called to him that he could not go into the park after dark per city ordinance. Despite the officers warnings, the man continued to walk entering the park. When again contacted by officers, the man began swinging his arms, hitting an officer in the jaw. He continued to struggle as he was arrested. He was taken to the Ada County jail and booked on the above charges.