07-14-10 Boise Police Arrest Man for Unlawfully Arresting
Boise, July 14, 2010 - Boise Police arrested a
Garden City man this afternoon after he allegedly told a woman he
was a law enforcement officer and took her to the Ada County Jail
where she turned herself in on an outstanding warrant.
Arrested: Ryan B. Hamilton, 25, 2010
Charge: Unlawful exercise of functions of peace
officers, ISC 18-711
What Happened: Boise Police received a call from a
woman on June 25, 2010 reporting she had been forced to go to the
Ada County jail by a man claiming to be a law enforcement officer.
The woman, who did have an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for her
arrest, told officers a man showed up at her home in west Boise the
evening of June 24th wearing a gun and kevlar vest like police
officers wear and identified himself as being with the "Boise
Sheriff's". She says the man told her she was under arrest for the
outstanding warrant. The woman told officers she told the man she
did not want to go because she did not see any official
identification. She also saw a vehicle painted black and white like
a patrol car but without any other police markings and questioned
it's authenticity. She says the suspect then handcuffed her, put
her in the car and drove her to the county jail where she turned
herself in and soon bonded out. She returned home and called police
the following day.
Boise Police investigated and this afternoon, served a
search warrant on the suspect's Garden City home. He was arrested
on the above charges. Officers believe the suspect found the woman
by viewing warrant information posted for the public on the Ada
County Sheriff's Office web site. Officers have found the suspect
is neither a police officer not a bounty hunter.
"Lawmakers made this crime a felony because the real
victims are citizens, this crime violates the public trust," said
Boise Police Spokeswoman Lynn Hightower.
"For the safety and security of our community,
citizens have to have trust in the authority of police officers.
When someone violates that trust, it's taken very seriously." said
Investigating officers say they have information the
suspect may have "arrested" others prior to being reported. If
anyone has further information on this case, they're asked to call
Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS or log onto www.343cops.com, or text
CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.
Idaho State Code: 18-711.Unlawful exercise of
functions of peace officers -- Unlawful importation of police
officers -- Suppression of violence -- Exceptions.
1. Any person who shall in this state unlawfully exercise or
attempt to exercise the functions of, or hold himself out to any
one as, a deputy sheriff, marshal, policeman, constable or peace
officer, or any person, whether acting in his own behalf or as an
officer of the law, or as the authorized or unauthorized agent or
representative of another, or of any association, corporation or
company, who shall bring or cause to be brought, or aid in bringing
into this state any armed or unarmed police force or detective
agency or force, or any armed or unarmed body of men for the
suppression of domestic violence, shall be guilty of a felony, and
on conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment in the
state prison for not less than two (2) years and not more than five
(5) years: provided, that the legislature, or the executive when
the legislature can not be convened, may call upon the lawfully
constituted authorities of the United States for the protection
against invasion and domestic violence, as provided in section 4 of
article 4 of the Constitution of the United States.
2. This section shall not apply to a law enforcement officer
who pursuant to an interlocal cooperation plan upon receiving an
emergency request from an Idaho law enforcement officer enters
Idaho to give assistance; nor shall this section apply to the Idaho
law enforcement officer who makes a request for emergency