Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, February 08, 2010

Quick Arrest in Armed Robbery Mall Parking Lot

02-05-10 Quick Arrest in Armed Robbery Mall Parking Lot

   Boise, Feb 8, 2010 - Boise Police were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery Friday night. The emergency call came in at 9:43 p.m. Mall Security reported the crime had just occurred on the south side of the Boise Towne Square Mall parking lot near the JC Pennys.

    The first Boise Police Officers arrived on scene in the parking lot in less than one minute from the time of the call. A citizen pointed out a suspect vehicle to officers which was leaving the area.

    Boise Police stopped the vehicle, a 1989 VW van. Officers immediately saw evidence in plain sight in the suspect vehicle that they believed connected the driver to the crime that had just occurred. The driver was arrested.

    "This was a violent crime where a weapon was displayed," said Lt. Alan Cavener, Watch Commander for the Boise Police Bench Patrol Division. "The citizen witnesses did the right thing, they called police right away and gave quick, accurate information. I'm very pleased this arrest came about so quickly for the sake of the victim and the security of citizens who shop in this very busy, popular retail area." said Lt. Cavener.

    What Happened: A woman was walking to her car at approx 9:43 p.m. Friday night, February 5th. She tells officers that a man came up to her carrying a handgun and tried to rob her, demanding several personal items. As the woman yelled for help from others nearby, the man ran. He was seen by witnesses jumping over the wall from the upper parking lot by JC Pennys to the lower lot. Witnesses in the lower lot, saw the man land in the bushes and run to a van parked nearby. It was then a Boise Police Officer arrived on scene and a witness pointed toward the van.

    Arrested: James W. McGill, Jr., 48, Boise

    Charged: Robbery (F)