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Flames and Personal Disputes Gone Bad


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Keep a look out for this man. Boise Police want to chat with him about a robbery of the Wells Fargo bank in the 400 block of North Orchard Street.

He's described as light-skinned, about 5-feet-11, with a thin build and weighing in the neighborhood of 160 pounds. At the time of the robbery--3:15 p.m. on Aug. 28--he was dressed in a tan or gray shirt with baseball cap.

And he apparently wasn't too concerned about his personal hygiene before the heist. Witnesses said he appeared unshaven, grungy and/or dirty.

He was last seen driving southbound on Orchard in a white panel van with older-style windows that probably were dirty, too.

The suspect may have needed a shave, but at least he minded his bank-robbery manners. No weapon was displayed. No one was hurt.



Our late-August nights apparently haven't been hot enough for some people.

A person or persons currently unknown felt the need for additional heat early Wednesday morning. But instead of turning up the thermostat, they torched two small sedans in West Boise.

The first call came into Boise Police at 4:49 a.m. That's just after a resident in the 1100 block of North Dalton Avenue arose to a car ablaze in his driveway. About 2 feet from the house.

Firefighters arrived to find the auto engulfed in flames. They were able to put out the fire quickly. And despite the inferno's close proximity to the dwelling, damage to it was "minimal."

About a half-hour later, an eagle-eyed early riser spotted another vehicle blaze in a neighbor's driveway. Firefighters hot-footed it over to the 12000 block of West Mesquite Drive. There, the middle of three parked cars was fully aflame. It was doused promptly.

BPD investigators have questions: Are these eerily similar incidents coincidences? Or do we have a pyromaniac with a small-sedan bone to pick on the loose?



The breathless call for help came on the run. Literally, as the victim was being pursued through the North End by a raving teenager.

When cops caught up with the hot pursuit and gave the chasee a chance to catch his breath, he told investigators that the 18-year-old McCall resident screaming and hollering at his heels was angry over a personal dispute.

The suspect is accused of gaining entry to the dude's house by kicking in its front door. That destroyed the door frame and set off the neighborhood dash.

He's also accused of yelling threats that he was armed--with a bomb, no less--and that he meant to "hurt" the victim.

The upshot? Two felony charges of burglary and false reporting of explosives, along with misdemeanor assault, unlawful entry and malicious injury to property.

Should be fun explaining all that to a judge. To say nothing of Mom and Dad.



Another personal dispute leaves a 21-year-old Boise man facing a felony aggravated assault charge.

Our second candidate for anger-management classes is accused of crashing an Aug. 24 party at a West Garnet Street residence. And if that wasn't rude enough, our party pooper also allegedly displayed a handgun and made verbal threats.

No arrests were made at the time. But a review by the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office resulted in a rude awakening for our suspect. He was picked up at 1:40 a.m. on Aug. 27.

Now, will everybody please just take a deep breath and count to 10?

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