Boise Police: Persons of interest located; not related to downtown stabbing
Boise Police officers now say three “persons of interest” previously believed to be connected to a downtown Boise attack on New Year’s Day are not related to the crime.
On Wednesday, police issued a news release asking for the public’s help in identifying two men and a woman caught on a surveillance camera at a store near where the attack took place.
But on Thursday morning, police issued a subsequent news release, saying the three were located and questioned – and found to be not connection to the attack.
About 1:45 a.m. New Year’s Day, officers receive a report of a fight taking place near Jefferson Street in front of the Idaho Statehouse. When officers arrived, they located two men who said they had been in a physical fight and two other men.
Both victims received injuries from “an edged weapon,” said Boise Police Department spokesman Charles McClure. “One of the victims had what appeared to be serious injuries from the altercation, the other received what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Both victims were transported to a local hospital for immediate medical attention. Detectives believe that alcohol may have been a factor in this case,” he said.
According to the victims, a verbal altercation between the four men had taken place just prior to the stabbing in the area of 8th and Bannock Streets. Victims tell police a foot chase between all four men took place in the area of the Capital building on Jefferson Street. The males confronted each other in the park, just South of the Capitol building and the physical fight began, McClure added.
One suspect is described by police as a light-skinned male wearing a black beanie-style hat and a possible dark hoodie jacket. Witnesses said he had an average build.
The other man is described as a simply “a light skinned adult with an average build.” There was no clothing description.
Citizens with information about the crime are urged to call non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.