Boise man arrested for allegedly starting fire in Boise's "Freak Alley"
On Friday afternoon, Dec. 14, just after 4:00 p.m., a Boise Police officer on bike patrol responded to a fire in a dumpster in the alley between N. 8th and N. 9th Streets just north of W. Idaho Street.
"The alley is commonly known as Freak Alley, a unique location with numerous murals painted by local artists on the alley's historic brick walls," said Charles McClure with the Boise Police Department. "The Boise Fire Department also responded and quickly put the fire out with no damage to the artwork."
When the officer arrived, witnesses provided descriptions of two possible suspects who had since left the area. Police sooner found two men who matched the suspect description and they found evidence that Destin Arnold, 20 of Boise, started the dumpster fire with a cigarette and lighter.
"As officers tried to talk with the suspect he refused commands to keep his hands out of his pockets, at one point tossing a pocket knife toward the officer," said McClure. "Back-up officers arrived and the suspect was taken into custody. A search of the suspect following his arrest revealed him to be in possession of another knife in his pants pocket."
Arnold was arrested on charges of felony 3rd degree arson, resisting & obstructing officers and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.