Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Arrest in Overnight Robbery, Kidnapping; Daily incident report

06-01-11 Arrest in Overnight Robbery, Kidnapping; Daily incident report

  Arrested: Larry L. Sturgell, 56, No Known Address

   Charges:Robbery (F), Kidnapping (F)

    Boise Police arrested a man for robbery and kidnapping after a witness alerted officers that the crime was ongoing. 

    What Happened: Boise Police responded to a convenience store on the 6500 block of S, Federal Way last night, May 31st, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Officers spoke with a witness who said the victim, a Boise man in his early 20's, had come into the store saying he needed cash because a man in his truck had a knife and was threatening him. According to the witness, the victim bought some candy and obtained change in cash, reportedly to give to the suspect. The witness also told officers after returning to his truck, the victim had tried to drive away, but the suspect jumped back into the passengers side of the truck and the two drove off. The witness immediately called 911 and was able to give officers a detailed description of the victim's vehicle. 

   Within moments, officers located the victim's vehicle driving a short distance away. They found the victim alone inside. The victim told officers the suspect had gotten out of the vehicle shortly after they left the convenience store with cash he'd taken from the victim. 

    A short time later, officers located the suspect walking east on Federal Way at E. Gowen Rd. Further investigation positively identified the man as Sturgell, the suspect, an apparent transient with no known address. Officers arrested the suspect and booked hime into the Ada County jail on the above charges.

    The incident began:The victim tells officers the incident began about an hour earlier, approx 8:30 p.m. as he sat in his truck with his window open talking on his cell phone in a parking lot at Cole & Fairview. The victim says the suspect, who is not known to him, walked up had asked for a ride down the street. The victim allowed the man to get into his truck, and says that as he drove, the suspect pulled a knife and held it towards him in a threatening manner. The suspect then allegedly ordered the victim to drive to East Boise, where he demanded money. That's when the victim says he drove to two different locations in an attempt to obtain the money being demanded by the suspect, the first location being a restaurant near the Federal Way convenience store. 

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    Arrested: Brian J. Cox, 37, Boise

    Charges:Driving Under the Influence (DUI)(F)

  Boise Police observed a vehicle perform an illegal turn at the intersection of Parkcenter Blvd and Parkcenter Pond last night, May 31st, at approximately 6:00 p.m. Officers stopped the driver at by the Parkcenter pond. The suspect failed several field sobriety tests and blew a .20/.20 at the Ada County Jail. A check through Ada County records indicated the suspect had two prior convictions for DUI making this charge a felony. The suspect was booked at the Ada County Jail on the above listed charges.

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    Arrested: Janelle E. Findlay, 32, Boise

    Charges:Driving Under the Influence (DUI)(F)

  Boise Police observed a vehicle fail to maintain its lane with cancelled registration last night, May 31st, at approximately 11:00 p.m. Officers stopped the driver at West Ustick Rd. and Christine Street. The suspect failed several field sobriety tests and blew a .14/.14 at the Ada County Jail. The suspect was booked at the Ada County Jail on the above listed charges.

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 Arrested: Martha M. L. Benitez, 19, Homedale

  Charges:Grand Theft (F)

  Boise Police responded to a report of a theft at a retail store on the 300 block of N. Milwaukee Tuesday, May 31st, at approximately 8:00 p.m. Store employees tell police that they witnessed the suspect conceal several items and then leave the store without paying for them. The stolen items were recovered from the suspects person. During the course of the investigation officers determined the suspect had also stolen items from two additional stores that day resulting in the Grand Theft charge. The suspect was transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges.

  The Boise Police Police Department has developed a productive working relationship with loss prevention agents from many local retail stores, large and small, local and national chains. The goal is to work with retailers to reduce theft and fraud, crimes that can impact consumer prices.

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Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure
Boise Police Public Information