Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Thursday, August 09, 2007

Arrest - Attempted Rape

Arrest - Attempted Rape

    Boise, August 10, 2007 - Boise Police, following a nearly two week investigation, have arrested a man and charged him with Attempted Rape after officers believe he attempted to lure a woman to a West Boise park with the promise of a free iPod.

    Arrested: Stephen D. Newman, 32, Meridian

    Charge: Attempted Rape

    Previous Related Charges: Being in a Park After Hours, Concealed Weapons Violation

    Background: Shortly before 11:00 p.m. the evening of July 27th, Boise Police were called to McDevitt Park on the corner of Eagle and McMillan by a woman who reported a suspicious person in a vehicle, a large, red SUV with California license plates. She told police she thought the man may be the same one who, through a conversation over the internet, offered her a free iPod if she would meet him at the park. When she went to the park and saw a man, and prior to contacting him, she thought the deal was suspicious and called police. Officers located the man, and after some investigation, arrested Stephen D. Newman and charged him with the park and concealed weapons violations. Newman bonded out of the Ada County Jail July 28th.

    Items of evidence collected at the scene late July 27th into the early hours July 28th, including a knife, gloves, and a bb gun that looked like a pistol, caused officers concern and detectives continued to investigate.

    After nearly two weeks of further investigation, detectives obtained enough evidence to secure an arrest warrant for attempted rape for Newman connected to the planned meeting at the park. That arrest warrant for Newman was obtained late Thursday afternoon. Newman was arrested at approx 9:00 p.m. Thursday evening and booked into the Ada County Jail on a $1 million dollar bond.

    The police investigation into this case continues. Boise Police have learned the suspect, Newman, recently moved to the Boise area from Oroville, California. 

    Newman is expected to appear in court for arraignment this afternoon. Please confirm with court schedules.