Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police


Contact: BPD Media Relations Office
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Two men charged after BB gun spree in October

Suspect: David Hochstetler, 28, Boise

Charge: Malicious Injury to Property (F)

Suspect: Michael J. Walsh, 59, Boise

Charge: Malicious Injury to Property (Aid/Abet) (F)

On October 31, 2017 during the investigation into multiple reports of vandalism and malicious injury to property, Boise Police received information from Probation and Parole regarding a probationer, David Hochstetler, who was being taken into custody on a probation violation. After an investigation, officers were able to identify David Hochstetler and a second suspect, Michael Walsh as suspects in the investigation.  The evidence showed that while Michael Walsh drove, David Hochstetler fired a BB out the passenger window on multiple occasions. The suspect’s vehicle, a Ford Explorer two-door, dark blue in color, with a temporary tag, matched the description given to police by witnesses.

In total, over $50,000 worth of damage was caused to vehicles and businesses between 10/18 and 10/25. Both suspects were taken into custody on unrelated charges after that time period. David Hochstetler is currently in the Ada County Jail on the above charges as well as Felony Parole Violation. Michael Walsh is in the Idaho Department of Corrections on unrelated charges and will be formally issued the charge above upon his release.

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Previously released: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Boise Police officers are investigating several more reports of vandalism that appeared to be caused by a BB or pellet gun to separate businesses and vehicles across Boise.  The recent cases of vandalism happened on October 24 and October 25.  Once again, the recent reports occurred along State Street and into the Downtown area.  Damaged windows were also located on the Boise Bench on Vista Avenue and Orchard Street.  In total, the windows of 34 businesses or vehicles have been shot and damaged in the past week. 

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Suspect Information:  In the original spree of BB gun vandalisms on October 18, officers received information that an unknown number of suspects were driving in a blue or dark green Ford Explorer or Chevrolet SUV with no rear plate at the time.  

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Call Crime Stoppers:  Anyone in the area who believes their property has been vandalized is urged to file a police report by calling dispatch at 208-377-6790.  If anyone has any information about the person or persons responsible for shooting windows with a BB gun, they are urged to contact Crime Stoppers: at 208-343-COPS (2677), www.343COPS.com, or leave a tip using the “P3 Tips” app for your mobile device.    

Officers would also like to hear from anyone who may have surveillance video in the area near where the vandalism occurred on the 24th and 25th.  

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Previously released: Thursday, October 19, 2017

 

Boise Police Officers are currently investigating multiple reports of vandalism and malicious injury to property near State Street in downtown Boise.  Officers believe there could be additional victims who have yet to file a report and anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. 

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What Happened:  Officers first began receiving reports at around 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday night about windows being shot with what appeared to be a BB gun.  Witness reports indicate the suspects were shooting at random windows from a vehicle in the area of 1st Street and State Street.  More calls came into dispatch from the 5000 block of State Street later in the night.  Officers did not locate the suspects during an area check but did find additional damaged property caused by a BB or pellet gun.  At this time it’s believed at least 10 businesses and 20 windows were damaged. The investigation remains ongoing at this time. 

Suspect Information:  Officers believe that an unknown number of suspects were driving in a blue or dark green Ford Explorer or Chevrolet SUV with no rear plate.     

Call Crime Stoppers:  Anyone in the area who believes their property has been vandalized is urged to file a police report by calling dispatch at 208-377-6790.  If anyone has any information about the person or persons responsible for shooting windows with a BB gun, they are urged to contact Crime Stoppers: at 208-343-COPS (2677), www.343COPS.com, or leave a tip using the “P3 Tips” app for your mobile device.    

Officers would also like to hear from anyone in the area who may have surveillance video from last night near State Street.  

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