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True Crime, April 9, 2008


Area Men Reach New Level

The three men who attempted to rob a home on Orchard Street last Thursday probably imagined their operation would go down like the home invasion over on Longmont Street the previous Wednesday (BW, True Crime, "Who's There?" April 2, 2008). In that earlier scary-but-thankfully-smooth heist, no blood was shed, no arrests were made and the suspect even knocked before entering. Ah, but armed home invasion is a fickle mistress. Every account that ends, as last week's did, with " ... leaving his two victims bound but uninjured" could just as easily have culminated with, "Once the suspect is released from the hospital, he will be moved to a jail cell, where he will try in vain to resist picking at the partially healed knife wound festering on his leg. The doctors will tell him not to, because it will cause scarring, but he will be too bored and itchy to care."

So what turned the tide against the latest antagonist? He and his two cronies didn't tie up their victims, for one. For another, those victims had been playing video games prior to when three masked strangers burst into the house waving guns and demanding money and fabulous prizes. And if there are two important lessons video games have imparted on humanity, they are: "Violence begets violence," and "Press ++A⇨ to unlock the sword that allows Yoshimitsu to defeat Heihachi Mishima and win the game."

Put another way: The victims followed the robbers outside as they were leaving and attacked them with a knife. Two of the suspects skedaddled, but the third stood his ground—which was, technically, the roommates' ground. A wild melee ensued, during which one of the residents reportedly stabbed the suspect in the leg, the suspect whacked one of the roommates on the head with a handgun and shot the other in the arm. The victims' shield-points were sufficient to withstand the attacks, and they were later treated and released at a hospital. However, the suspect's boo-boo proved incapacitating. After a neighbor called 911, officers found Joshua McGiboney, 26, of Boise writhing in agony not far from the crime scene. They also recovered a handgun.

The other two suspects, a white male and a black male in their 20s, are still at large. Despite the similarities to last week's robbery, police say there is no evidence that this crime is related to any other currently under investigation.

That Car is So Sick

Last Friday at approximately 10:20 p.m., two Nampa Police Residential Action Team officers spotted a suspicious vehicle cruising through a suburban neighborhood.

Foremost among the symptoms of its suspiciousness: When they tried to pull it over, the vehicle spontaneously vomited a sawed-off shotgun out of its passenger-side window.

Officers were able to get the vehicle stopped a short distance later and diagnose the cause of its unfortunate kecking fit. Upon searching the cab's contents, they discovered the vehicle had ingested a spicy meal that included a second loaded shotgun with the stock cut off, shotgun ammunition, pistol ammunition, 26-year-old Alejandro Ramirez of Parma, a stun gun, a bulletproof vest, an assortment of stolen property and 18-year-old Anthony Bernal of Nampa. The sentient beings were treated with a heap of charges, including possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, being a felon in possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm, destruction of evidence, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

Something in the Gas?

Two nights later, Boise Police had a run-in of their own with an ailing automobile. About half-way through Entertainment Tonight, dispatch received a call about a bilious black sedan terrorizing Southeast Boise residents. The caller offered an amateur diagnosis of the car's erratic behavior—[makes glug-glug motion with hand]—but the officers who stopped the car near the intersection of Broadway and Boise avenues used a professional-grade diagnostic device to make their judgment. When the device barked, they knew something more illicit than hooch had taken hold of the patient. A search of the car's innards turned up 33-year-old Lucas Donaldson of Boise, an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine and a few weird-looking beakers and chemicals. Wait a sec ...

UPDATE: Ye gods! It turns out that what had at first appeared to be only an upper-automotive-infection (Get it? Upper? Tee-hee.) had actually developed into a fully functional meth lab on wheels. After noticing this, officers seized Donaldson on charges of meth-manufacturing and transported his car to a secure location, where they donned safety costumes as they attempted to deal with his mess.

And you thought masturbating truckers were the scariest thing on the road.

Say Hello to My Little Friend

Late in February, Ada County Sheriffs deputies announced that they were sweet on a 4-foot, 10-inch tall, 95-pound white male as the main suspect in an armed robbery at a hair salon in Star. Amazingly, they managed to track down their diminuitive desperado among all the hulking, sweaty mugs of the Treasure Valley. Not amazingly, he is only 14.

Detectives closed in on Thomas Bradford of Star last Thursday using information gathered from students by a school resource officer, according to local newsies. Bradford is suspected of entering the Star Attraction Hair Salon at around 7:30 p.m. on February 21 and threatening two female employees with a small-caliber handgun before scampering away with an undisclosed amount of cash. On Friday, prosecutors charged Bradford as an adult. Full-sized charges are pending as well against an as-of-yet unnamed 15-year-old Star resident accused of helping Bradford with the robbery.