Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, August 05, 2013

Update: Suspects booked on arson charges in overnight car fires

   Boise Police want to thank citizens who observed the suspects in the neighborhood early this morning and called police with a description. The call led directly to the identification and arrest of the three suspects who have now been charged with multiple counts of arson. 

    "This type of citizen cooperation is part of what makes Boise a special place to live" says Boise Police watch commander Lt. Stan Niccolls. "Our citizens watch out for each other and when they see something out of place, they don't hesitate to call police, that in turn makes our job more effective and often results in quick arrest and prosecution. Thank you to the folks who choose to make a difference!"

Two adult male suspects have been booked into the Ada County Jail on charges of Arson. 

   Arrested: Dominic J. Tawney, 19, Boise

   Charges: 4 counts of Arson (F), 2 counts of Attempted Arson (F)

   Arrested: Rodney S. Vancleave, 19, Boise

   Charges: 4 counts of Arson (F), 2 counts of Attempted Arson (F)

 The third suspect, a juvenile male, will face similar charges through the juvenile justice system. 

TITLE 18 CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS CHAPTER 8 ARSON 18-804. Arson in the third degree -- Burning of real or personal property or forest land -- Penalties. Any person who willfully and unlawfully, by fire or explosion, damages: (1)Any real or personal property of another; or (2)Any forest land; is guilty of arson in the third degree, and upon conviction thereof shall be sentenced to the custody of the department of correction for not more than ten (10) years or fined not more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or both. 


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Boise Police officers and detectives are investigating a series of vehicle fires that took place overnight in the city of Boise. 

What Happened: Boise Police responded to a report of a vehicle on fire near Northview and Liberty early this morning, August 5th, at approximately 4:30 a.m. As officers responded to that call, several other similar calls came in, one after the other, in rapid order. Victims reported a vehicle on fire at Harrison Boulevard, two vehicles damaged and one on fire on the 1100 block of North 9th and one on fire on the 1200 block of Hale Street. As officers spoke with victims they obtained a description of a possible suspect vehicle and began an intensive search.

   One officer observed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description speeding near Rose Hill and Roosevelt Street. When the officers contacted the occupants of the vehicle, he identified physical evidence that indicated the suspects had been involved in the vehicle fires. 

The investigation: At this time Boise Police officers and detectives are speaking with three individuals, two adult males and one juvenile, in connection with this case.

Officers have also obtained evidence that indicates the suspects may be involved in a series of graffiti cases that took place on multiple prior occasions in the Boise area. 

At this time no charges have been filed and no citations have been issued. 

No further information is available in this ongoing active investigation.


Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information