Update: 1:00 p.m. - Boise Police have charged two men with several felonies connected to two reports of stolen cabs, the one overnight that resulted in the crash and arrest of the suspects, and a report of a stolen cab late Tuesday night.
In both cases, the cab drivers report being robbed at gunpoint of their wallets and being left on a roadside by the suspects who drove off in their cab.
Officers credit quick reporting by the cab driver last night and alert officers who were able to quickly track down the stolen cab for getting the suspects into custody without injury, despite the suspect's violent actions
"These cab drivers were just doing their job and ran into some bad guys. They stayed calm and were very good witnesses," said Sgt. Mark Barnett of the Boise Police Violent Crimes Unit.
"It's very fortunate that the violent actions of the suspects didn't hurt anyone, either the victims or the responding officers. These suspects robbed the cab drivers at gunpoint and intentionally rammed police vehicles with no regard for who they might hurt. It's a good thing officers found them and got them into custody so quickly." said Sgt Barnett.
Arrested: Dustin Meuser, 20, Boise
Charged: Robbery - 2 counts (F), Grand Theft - 2 counts (F), Kidnapping - 2 counts (F), Eluding a police officer (F), Aggravated Assault on Police Officer - 5 counts,
Arrested:: Justin Cosner, 25, Boise
Charged: Robbery - 2 counts (F), Grand Theft - 2 counts (F), Kidnapping - 2 counts (F).
Meuser was the driver of the car that fled officers, resulting in the additional charges of eluding and assault.
The case remains under investigation. Additional charges are possible.
Update: 4:45 a.m. - Suspects facing charges connected to this morning's theft of a cab and resulting ramming of Boise Police patrol cars:
Suspect: Dustin Meuser, 20
Charged: Armed Robbery (F), Aggravated Assault on Police Officer - 5 counts, Kidnapping (F), Eluding a police officer (F)
Suspect: Justin Cosner, 25
Charged: Armed Robbery (F), Grand Theft (F), Kidnapping (F).
January 16, 2014, 1:50 a.m. - Boise police have two men in custody after the stolen cab the suspects were driving rammed several police cars and was finally boxed in and stopped on South Vista Ave near the Depot.
What Happened: At 11:50 p.m. a cab driver called police reporting he had been robbed and his cab stolen.
The victim says he picked up the two suspects in his cab at a business on the 1300 block of North Milwaukee Street at approx 11:30 p.m. He tells officers the suspects pulled a gun and took his wallet, then told him to drive to Kuna where the victim reports he was let go and the suspects took off in the cab.
A short time later, about 12:15 a.m. Officers spotted the stolen cab in Downtown Boise being driven by the suspects. The suspects refused to stop the vehicle and a short pursuit began on South 9th at West River Street.
The suspects rammed several police vehicles as they headed south on 9th Street. The suspect vehicle rammed two patrol cars head-on and backed into a third patrol car. The pursuit continued for less than one mile south on 9th. Officers were able to box in and stop the suspects on South Capitol Blvd near the train depot at approximately 12:20 a.m.
3 Boise Police patrol cars received significant damage as did the stolen cab. A fourth BPD patrol car was also involved and received less severe damage.
Fortunately none of the officers involved were injured. One of the two suspects has been taken to a hospital. His condition appears non life-threatening.
The cab driver is also reported to be uninjured.
At this time the investigation is ongoing.
Additional details will be released as they're available.