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True Crime April 28, 2004


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Four professional shoplifters saw their careers come to an end over the weekend thanks to two alert citizens.

The two notified police that they had witnessed four individuals stealing several bags of merchandise from stores in and around the Boise Towne Square Mall Saturday evening. The witnesses were also able to provide officers with a description of the suspect vehicle. Boise police located the vehicle and apprehended the suspects.

Detectives have learned the four suspects came to Boise through Salt Lake City in what police are calling a professional theft ring. When stopped, the suspects were just minutes from leaving town with over $16,000 in stolen merchandise. Police have recovered all the merchandise taken from six different stores in the span of a few hours. Arrested were:

• Monserrat Caraballo, 47 (female), charged with two counts of Burglary and one count of Possession of Stolen Property, being held on $25,000 bond in the Ada County Jail.

• Rey Ojeda, 38, (male), charged with three counts of Possession of Stolen Property, being held on $25,000 bond in the Ada County Jail.

• Juan Malasping, 33 (male), charged with three counts of Possession of Stolen Property, being held on $25,000 bond in the Ada County Jail.

• Eliab Jose Godoy, 25 (male), charged with three counts of Possession of Stolen Property, being held on $25,000 bond in the Ada County Jail.

All the suspects produced Puerto Rican identification. Detectives are still investigating the case and anticipate further charges being filed.


On Monday, April 26 at 8:59 a.m. Boise Police responded to a call to 312 N. 15th Street where they discovered a man with knife wounds to the neck and abdomen. A witness to the stabbing told officers where the suspect lived. As officers surrounded the suspect's home near 16th and Jefferson, the suspect turned himself in. The arrest was made just over an hour after the stabbing was reported.

In custody for Aggravated Battery is Falih Hassan Al-Ibadi, 39.

Boise Police Detectives have learned the suspect and victim are acquaintances. Both are originally from Iraq and have been in this country several years. Witnesses told detectives the men had been drinking together. Detectives are still investigating a motive for the attack.

The victim remains hospitalized for multiple stab wounds to the neck and abdomen.


On Saturday, April 24, Boise Police Detectives arrested two of the three people wanted for the kidnapping of a 4-year-old girl.

Detectives arrested Gilberto Garza, 23, and John Zachary Eccleston, 23, (aka Juan Dehoyas) as they were leaving a residence in Garden City. Garza and Eccleston are charged with Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault and Burglary.

A third suspect, Raquel Garza, 25 is still at large. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

The suspects face charges for an April 12 incident in which they broke into a home on Alpine Street, beat a man and kidnapped his child. A short time later, the child's biological mother contacted police and returned the child to the custody of her father. The mother was never a suspect in the kidnapping.


Check out the Ada County Sheriff's Office Official Web site (

1. Five Day Arrest Listing—The names of adults who were arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail in the previous five-day period.

2. Sex Offender Registry—Names and addresses of all sex offenders registered in Ada County. The registry also includes photographs of the offenders and is searchable by street name, postal zip code and offender's last name.

3. Warrant listing—The database shows all outstanding adult felony, misdemeanor and civil arrest warrants.

Tell BW your crime stories: Call Cynthia Sewell at 344-2055 or email