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One arrested in reported armed robbery at Boise Hotel

Posted at 10:51 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 13:47:40-04

BOISE, Idaho — UPDATE: The incident at the Red Lion Hotel in downtown Boise was confirmed by Boise Police to be an armed robbery. The call came in around 4:20 Wednesday morning.

Several suspects were armed with at least one handgun when they confronted a male victim in his room. The victim received minor injuries.

“At this point the scene at the hotel is stabilized, the investigation here is ongoing," said Lt. Michael Hill, BPD Watch Commander. "The threat to the community has been alleviated and we’re just trying to contain and finish up our investigation with the initial incident.”

Special operations were dispatched to the hotel. At least two rooms had suspects in them and no shots are known to be fired at this time.

So far, one person has been arrested in relation to the incident. Detectives are still interviewing witnesses and victims.

The situation is stable and there is no threat to the community.

ORIGINAL STORY WRITTEN BY THE IDAHO STATESMAN:

Boise police officers on Wednesday morning were in a standoff at a local hotel as they tried to contact a suspect whom they believed to be armed, according to the Boise Police Department.

Haley Williams, spokeswoman for the department, said police were exercising caution as they tried to contact the man, who was staying at Boise’s Red Lion Hotel, 1800 W. Fairview Ave.

Williams said there may have been other people in the room with the suspect, but none of the nearby rooms were occupied, so police did not have to evacuate the hotel. Williams also said officers have not closed any roads in the vicinity.

It was not immediately clear why police were trying to make contact with the man.