UPDATE: Boise Police arrest arson suspect on N. Allumbaugh St.

Police Activity on N. Allumbaugh St.
Posted at 4:54 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 00:14:36-04

BOISE, Idaho — UPDATE: Boise Police say they resorted to using gas to force an arson suspect from a Boise residence Friday evening, after the man refused to exit the home over the course of several hours of negotiations. Police say the suspect, 37-year-old Nicholas Gloth, of Boise, was known to have access to firearms and had threatened a victim earlier in the day.

Police say Gloth now faces multiple felony charges, including intimidation of a state's witness and attempted arson of an occupied residence. He's also charged with a misdemeanor protection order violation.

The Boise Police Department says its officers made contact with Gloth around 2:30 Friday afternoon, at a residence on the 100 block of N. Allumbaugh Street. They say they were able to communicate with him through his balcony and later by phone. A crisis negotiation team assisted in the effort. But police say, after several hours, and despite reading over the warrant with him, Gloth still refused to surrender for arrest. BPD says, despite repeated warnings that they would break a window and use gas if necessary, they did just that, and Gloth quickly came out and surrendered.

Police say the arrest happened around 6:30. They booked Gloth into Ada County Jail.


The Boise Police Department is trying to communicate with a suspect in a home on the 100 block of N. Allumbaugh Street. Officers are trying to talk with a suspect about a recent arson investigation and protection order violation.

The department is currently seeking an arrest warrant on multiple charges, according to a news release. The suspect is known to the victims.

Some residents in a nearby apartment have been asked to evacuate as a precaution. Officers are providing traffic control in the area, but no roads are closed.

Officers do not believe there is any threat to the public.