Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Robbery, Battery Suspect in Custody, Officers Thank Citizens for Help

UPDATE: 10:42pm - After further investigation, officers have found the victim and suspect in this case are acquainted. The suspect is currently being booked into the Ada County Jail. The suspect's shirt and call phone have been recovered by officers searching the park.

Arrested: Cameron Moon, 19, Boise

Charged: Robbery (F), Aggravated Battery (F)

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Boise, April 29, 2012, 9:20 p.m. - Boise Police are praising witnesses to a robbery and battery this afternoon for alerting them quickly to the crime and helping identify the suspect.

The victim was taken to a hospital where she's being treated for a cut to her arm.

"We couldn't have asked for better cooperation from citizens," said Lt. Andy J. Johnson of the Boise Police Patrol division. "From the citizens who witnessed the crime, to those who saw him run and those in the park who saw what was happening and gave us room to do our job, they helped officers out every step of the way. First reporting then helping find and identify the suspect. We're very appreciative."

What Happened: Witnessed called 911 just before 6:00 this evening after they saw a young man on a bike steal a teenage girls backpack, cutting her on the arm with a knife during the struggle. The victim, who was on foot walking down the 1500 block of Dundee Street, chased the suspect and grabbed his bike trying to get her backpack back. At that time, the suspect punched the victim in the face and rode away, turning north on S. Manitou Ave toward Manitou Park. At that time, another citizen called 911 reporting that he'd just seen the suspect throw his knife into a front yard.

Officers were beginning to arrive in the area and saw a man matching the suspect's description drop a bike in a yard and jump over a fence. Officers began a foot pursuit that went through several yards. The suspect ended up in Manitou Park which was crowded with families. Officers quickly caught up to the suspect and he surrendered. Citizens who had witnessed the robbery, battery and the chase helped officers identify the suspect. A Boise Police K9, Rex also tracked the suspect's scent from the park back to Dundee where the robbery and battery occurred.

Missing Evidence: Officers say witnesses report seeing the suspect take off his shirt and throw his cell phone while trying to run from officers. However, the items have not yet been located. It's believed the items were discarded between the tennis courts and the canal in Manitou Park. If anyone picked up the items, they're urged to contact non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790.

The suspect is being questioned by detectives at this time. 

More information will be released when available.