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Two Boise men charged with armed robbery of Eagle teen

Posted at 11:58 AM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 13:58:46-04

Two Boise men who used Snapchat to develop a relationship with an Eagle teenager before one robbed him last month are now charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

Detectives identified 19-year-old Syrus Tomaskovich (pictured) as the armed robber -- and arrested him early Wednesday morning after a traffic stop near Ustick and Mitchell streets in Boise. Deputies say they found two loaded handguns in Tomaskovich’s car.

Gooding County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 18-year-old Ervey Tovar earlier Tuesday on an Ada County warrant for conspiracy to commit robbery.

Tomaskovich is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Tovar is being held in the Gooding County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

The investigation began May 31st, after the teenager contacted the Eagle Police investigators and told them he had been robbed at gunpoint near his home the previous night.

The teenager said he had developed a friendship with Tovar on Snapchat over a period of months -- and made arrangements to meet him the night of May 30th so they could drive to California. The teen said he had never met Tovar before that night.

The teen grabbed some cash and some clothes and went outside to meet Tovar.

The teen said he and Tovar walked a short distance before another man, who was holding a gun and wearing a bandana over his face, jumped out from behind a bush and demanded both give up their wallets and cell phones.

The teen said once the robber got those items and ran away, Tovar told him to stay put while he went to a nearby house to call police. The teen said Tovar never came back that night -- and that he never heard from him again.

Eagle Police eventually identified Tomaskovich as the robber and Tovar as his accomplice.

Detectives obtained arrest warrants for both men.

Preliminary hearings for both Tomaskovich and Tovar will be set for early July.