Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Quick Arrest in Credit Union Robbery

01-13-10 Quick Arrest in Credit Union Robbery

    Boise, Jan. 13, 2010 8:25 p.m. - Boise Police have arrested and charged a Boise County man in connection with this afternoon's robbery of a credit union on the corner of 13th & Jefferson Streets downtown.

    The arrest was made thanks to an officers quick, alert response, and big thanks to several alert witnesses who saw the suspect running and pointed the officer toward the suspect and his vehicle.

    Arrested: Douglas Jacob "Jake" Folger, 31, Boise County

    Charge: Robbery (F)

    What Happened: Boise Police received a call of a robbery at the credit union at 13th & Jefferson downtown at 4:13 p.m. this afternoon. Witnesses say a man walked into the credit union, threatened the teller indicating he had a weapon (although he did not show one), and demanded money. He was last seen leaving the bank headed south on foot.

    Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officer Lance Nickerson was driving one block south of the credit union at the time of the call. Officer Nickerson immediately noticed he was being flagged down by several people in a parking lot just east of 13th & Bannock. The wintesses were pointing to a man running through the parking lot getting into an older model Jeep Wagoneer with 6B license plates.

    Officer Nickerson drove into the parking lot and could see the man the witnesses were pointing to, now sitting in the drivers seat. The man matched the preliminary description of the robbery suspect. The officer pulled up behind the suspect vehicle, and although Officer Nickerson says, for a moment it appeared the suspect was going to try and drive off, he surrendered and was taken into custody.

    The suspect, Folger is currently being booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charge.

    "It's help from citizens that really made the difference in catching this suspect so quickly," said Sgt. Mark Barnett of the Boise Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.

    "This is another great example of how citizens in this city work with their police department and help us help them keep our community safer. Big kudos to those citizens, witnesses, and to Officer Nickerson and all the patrol officers who helped make the arrest."