Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fumes from a pop bottle bomb sends officer to the hospital; BPD daily incident report

Boise Police are looking for whoever made two pop bottle bombs that exploded in the yard of a west Boise home overnight. Fumes from the exposion sent one officer to the hospital where he was treated and released for difficulty breathing.

What Happened: Boise officers were dispatched to a home just east of N. Shamrock and W. Edna Streets last night, Monday, August 13th at 11:54 p.m. after a citizen called 911 reporting hearing what sounded like two loud pops. The first officer arrived just moments later and found remnants of a plastic pop bottle and foil at the house. As a second officer arrived, the first officer, who had inhaled the gases from the exploded device began coughing and experienced difficulty breathing. Officers moved back and telephoned the residents inside the home advising them to close all windows and doors, shut off air conditioning or any source that could draw air into the home. Officers blocked the road to limit any potential harm to others. Ada County Paramedics were called and the officer was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries. No one else was injured.

The Boise Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials team was also called to investigate. After testing, Haz Mat experts found the pop bottle bomb was made with common household cleaners. Those cleaners do contain acidic solutions that can cause eye, skin and throat irritation upon contact.   

Officers are urging anyone with any information on who may be responsible to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.

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Arrested: Jacob P. Harris, 19, Boise

Charged: Forgery (F), Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (F), Being in a Boise City park after dark (m)

A Boise Police officer on patrol saw a vehicle parked in Barber Observation Park well after dark, after 11:00 p.m. last night. The officer recognized the driver, Harris, from previous law enforcement contacts. The officer arrested Harris for violation of Boise City park ordinance 13-03-09A. In a search of the suspect’s vehicle following arrest, officers found a forged Idaho driver’s license, with the Idaho State seal, Harris’s photo and name, but a different date of birth making Harris to be 21 years old. Officers also located Harris’s real ID. Harris was also arrested on charges stemming from an incident last July 11th, 2012 when Harris was found leaving a loud party that neighbors had called officers complaining about. Harris was found to be carrying one ounce of marijuana, scales and other evidence indicating Harris intended to divide and sell the marijuana. Harris was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

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Arrested: Lance T. Taylor, 27, Horseshoe Bend, ID

Charged: Grand Theft (F)

Boise Police were called by employees of a retail store on the 8300 block of W. Overland Rd Monday. Store employees recognized a man as being the same man who had allegedly taken a purse from a shopping cart last Tuesday, August 7thand left the store with it. Officers arrived and located the suspect, Taylor. After investigating, officers found evidence the suspect Taylor had taken the purse and credit cards that were in the purse had later been used at a local convenience store. Officers arrested the suspect for Grand Theft. He was booked into the Ada County Jail.