Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rape Suspect Arrested

09-30-10 Rape Suspect Arrested

    Boise, Sept. 30, 2020 - Boise Police have arrested a man and charged him with rape in connection with an attack reported at a Curtis Rd motel two nights ago.

    Arrested: Edward Earl Murrell, 37, transient

    Charges: Rape (F), Aggravated Assault (F)

    What Happened:Boise Police had identified Murrell as a person of interest in the crime. This afternoon, a Boise Police bike officer on patrol spotted a man who matched Murrell's description near a skate park at 16th and Front Streets. The man was identified as Murrell and taken into custody for questioning. After further investigation, Murrell was arrested this evening on the above charges. He is currently being booked into the Ada County Jail.

    "The victim reported a violent attack and we know a lot of people in the community were concerned about this suspect being at large, " said Lt. Kent Lipple of the Boise Police Patrol Division.

    "It was great work by the officer who spotted the suspect, and we're just very pleased to have this suspect in custody tonight." said Lt. Lipple.

    Please check Ada County Courts for arraignment.

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    Boise, Sept. 29, 2010, 1:55 a.m. - Boise Police are searching for the suspect in a rape reported last evening at a Curtis Rd motel. Officers have learned the suspect is transient and known to have stayed at local shelters. The suspect is considered by officers to be armed and dangerous. 

    What Happened:Boise Police were called shortly after 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28th to a motel on S. Curtis Rd near St. Alphonsus Hospital. When officers arrived, they met an adult female in the motel lobby who reported a man she knew had forcibly raped her at knifepoint, and the attack had just occurred in a room at the motel. When officers went to search the room, the suspect was gone. Officers have searched all night and alerted local shelters, but have not yet found the suspect.

    Suspect description:The rape suspect is described as a dark skinned man in his 30's, 5' 4", approx 145 lbs. The suspect is believed to be armed with a knife. No clothing description is available at this time.

    "We consider this suspect violent and dangerous, and we very much want to find him," said Lt. Alan Cavener of the Boise Police Patrol Division.

    "The victim was courageous to report this right away. The faster officers can begin looking for a criminal suspect, often the better chances we have of finding that suspect." said Lt. Cavener.

    Anyone with information on the location of the suspect is urged to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.