Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, October 28, 2013

Update: Teen charged after reportedly pointing a gun at a school bus driver and a child walking to school this morning

Boise, Oct. 28, 2013 - 5:45 p.m. - A 15 year old in juvenile detention is now accused of pointing a weapon at a school bus driver in the area of N. Five Mile and W. Ustick Roads leading to a second aggravated assault charge. Investigating officers say the incident reportedly occurred just prior to the teen pointing a weapon at an elementary age girl walking to the bus stop in the same area.

Officers have also found evidence the teens committed a burglary (shoplifting) at a local retailer this morning. Felony burglary charges are pending against at least two of the teens.

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Update: Teen charged after reportedly pointing a gun at child walking to school

Boise, Oct. 28, 2013, 3:15 p.m. - Boise Police have taken a 15 year old boy to juvenile detention and charged him with felony aggravated assault after he reportedly pointed a weapon at a young girl as she walked to the bus stop this morning. 

The teen was taken into custody after officers found the vehicle he was riding in thanks to the excellent description of the car given by the ten year old victim.

"She recognized the danger and immediately sought out a trusted adult, in this case her mom, who called police,"  said Lt. Rob Gallas. "This family can be extremely proud of how well this child reacted, right down to her ability to give a very accurate suspect description despite being understandably frightened. She did all the right things and was a great help."

What Happened: Boise Police were called at 8:28 a.m. by the mother of the young girl who reported to officers what had happened.

The little girl says she was walking to the bus stop in the neighborhood southeast of N. Cloverdale Rd and W. Ustick Rd when a car with four teens pulled alongside her. One boy pointed what she said appeared to be a black handgun toward her. The girl told officers she was scared and crouched down until the car drove away. She then ran to the bus stop, and when she got to school, immediately called her mom who called Boise Police. 

Officers say the girl was able to provide a very detailed description of the suspect vehicle, the teen who pointed the weapon and the weapon itself.

Because of the potential for danger to the community, numerous officers responded and immediately began searching the area for the suspect vehicle. 

Shortly before 9:00 a.m. the vehicle was spotted traveling south on Milwaukee Street between W. Northview St. and W. Fairview Ave. Because officers had evidence the occupants of the suspect vehicle were armed and potentially dangerous, officers conducted a high risk "felony" traffic stop. The suspect vehicle stopped in a business parking lot on the northeast corner of Fairview and Milwaukee.

Four teens who were inside the car, three boys and one girl, all 15 years old were taken into custody for questioning.

A black gun that turned out to be a BB gun was found inside the suspect vehicle.

At this time, one remains in custody. The other three have been released to the custody of their parents.

Investigation Continues, Possible Additional Charges: The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible including reports the teens may have pointed the weapon at several other citizens this morning, fired bb's toward parked cars, stole several items from a retail store and were driving without privileges. 

Crash Investigation: The officer involved in a collision with two other vehicles as he responded to the high risk stop this morning has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. No one else was injured in the crash. The Idaho State Police are conducting the investigation into the collision.

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Officers have four juveniles in custody after a gun was pulled on another juvenile; Responding officer gets into traffic collision

   Boise, Oct. 28, 2013, 9:57 a.m. - Boise Police have four juveniles in custody being questioned after a ten year old reported that someone in a passing car pointed a gun at her while she was walking to school this morning. The young victim was able to get to safety and report the crime, providing officers with a good description of the vehicle the juveniles were driving.

   Officers Stop Suspect Vehicle: Officers were able to locate that vehicle and prepared for what's called a felony stop. A felony stop is a safety tactic used by officers in a high risk traffic stop when there's evidence the stop may pose a significant risk to public and officer safety. The stop was made safely on the suspect vehicle at a parking lot on the northeast corner of Fairview and Milwaukee.

   An officer responding to help with the high risk stop collided with two vehicles on Milwaukee at King Street, just north of Fairview. The officer and a civilian passenger who was in the patrol car have been taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution. At this time, it does not appear the occupants of the other two vehicles involved were hurt. Just how the crash occurred is being investigated.

   TRAFFIC IMPACT: Officers have northbound Milwaukee Street at Fairview Avenue closed as they investigate both incidents.

   Additional information will be released as the investigation allows.