Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, December 17, 2012

Burglary at a church; Arson in Freak Alley; BPD Weekend Incident Report

Arrested: Robert L. Knox, 28, Boise

Charged: Burglary (F), Possession of burglary tools (m), resisting & obstructing officers (m)

Arrested: Amanda L. Rippey, 22, Boise

Charged: Burglary (m), Possession of burglary tools (m), outstanding warrant (m)


Boise Police were called by a concerned citizen at 1:18 this morning reporting suspicious activity behind a church on the 9900 block of Ustick Road. The citizen told police dispatchers they had seen two people in a dark colored pickup drive to the back of the church and appeared to be trying to break into a storage shed. 

When officers arrived, they saw a female standing outside the shed near the pickup. She had several tools attached to a pouch on her hip. Officers searched for the second suspect and found evidence he was hiding inside the smaller of two sheds. The suspect refused officer's commands to come out, even after being warned a police service dog was on scene. Officers deployed the dog, Diesel (pictured right), who located, bit and held the suspect until officers could reach him and take him into custody. The male suspect, Knox, was treated by paramedics and released to officers. He too was found to be in possession of burglary tools. Officers arrested both suspects on the above charges and booked them into the Ada County Jail.  


Arrested: Destin E. Arnold, 20, Boise

Charged: Arson 3rd degree (F), Resisting & obstructing officers (m), Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit (m)

A Boise Police officer on bike patrol was called to respond to a fire in a dumpster in the alley between N. 8th and N. 9th Streets just north of W. Idaho Street Friday, Dec. 14th shortly after 4:00 p.m. The alley is commonly known as Freak Alley, a unique location with numerous murals painted by local artists on the alley's historic brick walls. The Boise Fire Department also responded and quickly put the fire out with no damage to the artwork.

When the officer arrived, witnesses provided descriptions of two possible suspects who had since left the area. A short time later, the officer saw two young males who matched the suspect descriptions. Further investigation provided officers with evidence the suspect Arnold started the dumpster fire with a cigarette and lighter. As officers tried to talk with the suspect he refused commands to keep his hands out of his pockets, at one point tossing a pocket knife toward the officer. Back up officers arrived and the suspect was taken into custody. A search of the suspect following his arrest revealed him to be in possession of another knife in his pants pocket. Arnold was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges. 


Arrested: Riley H. McNeal, 21, Boise

Charged: DUI (m), Grant theft (F), Operating vehicle without owners consent (m)

Boise Police were called by neighbors to a loud party taking place in a home in the area of Lemhi and Shoshone Streets. As officers arrived, they witnessed the driver of a sedan driving on the wrong side of the street heading east toward Vista Ave. When officers stopped the vehicle, they could see beer cans on the front seat. The driver, identified as McNeal smelled of an alcoholic beverage, had slurred speech and red, glassy eyes. NcNeal failed field sobriety tests and blew a BrAC of .193/.191. Officers then learned the vehicle the suspect was driving had just been reported stolen, resulting in the two additional charges. The suspect was booked into the Ada County Jail.


Arrested: Jose Balderas, Jr 

Charged: Grand Theft (F)

Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16th, Boise Police were called to a bar on the 500 block of W. Main Street for a theft report. A woman reported her purse was stolen while she briefly left it unattended inside the bar. Witnesses were able to provide a description of the suspect. A short time later officers located a man who matched the suspect's description near 16th and Front Streets. After investigating, officers found evidence linking the man, identified as Balderas to the theft. Officers were soon able to return the purse and it's contents to the victim. 


Arrested: Eric A. Forner, 32, Boise

Charged: DUI (F), Agents warrant (F), cited for Injury to a child (m), driving without privileges (m) and Striking a fixture on or adjacent to a roadway (m). 

Boise Police were called Friday afternoon, Dec. 14th at 5:30 p.m. by a resident in the area of N. Cole Rd and W. Emerald Dr. reporting the driver of a pickup had just crashed into his mailbox and drove off. The witness was able to provide officers with a description of the suspect vehicle. Moments later, thanks to the description provided by the witness, officers located the driver, identified as Forner. Officers could see the suspect's pickup had evidence of hitting the mailbox. Former failed field sobriety tests and blew a BrAC of .150/.148. A check with Boise Police records showed Forner had former DUI convictions in Idaho in 2007, Arizona in 2004 and Utah in 2003, making this arrest a felony.  Officers also found evidence the suspect was driving the vehicle while impaired with an infant in the pickup leading to the injury to a child charge, and was driving withought a valid drivers license. Officers booked the suspect into the Ada County Jail on the above charges. 


Arrested: David A. Schimelpfenig, 36, Boise

Charged: Burglary (F), Resisting and obstsructing officers (m)

Boise Police were called by employees of a retail store on the 8300 block of W. Overland Rd Sunday evening, Dec. 16th regarding a theft in progress. When officers responded, witnesses described the suspect and gave officers the direction he was heading. As officers approached the suspect, he ran but was quickly caught. Further investigation found the suspect had entered the store and left with electronic items without paying. Officers found evidence the suspect entered the store with the intention of committing a crime, making the charge a felony. Officers booked the suspect into the Ada County jail on the above charges.