UPDATE: Suspect still at large following Ada County pursuit, search of Star neighborhoods

Posted at 3:22 PM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-17 19:44:29-04

A suspect only described as a bald, Hispanic man remains at large, following a high-speed pursuit and neighborhood searches in Ada County Monday morning.

It began when a report of someone driving a stolen Jeep Cherokee from Boise was called into dispatch just before 9 a.m. A description of the Jeep went out to local law enforcement.

Meridian Police officers spotted the Jeep near Locust Grove and McMillan Roads just after 9:30 a.m. and attempted to pull the driver over. But the driver didn’t – and sped away westbound on McMillan Road. A very short pursuit followed. Meridian Police called off that pursuit after a few minutes later for safety reasons, according to Ada County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Patrick Orr.

Star Police later located the Jeep parked on Seneca Springs Way by the W. Altair Drive intersection around 9:50 a.m. The driver was not in the Jeep.

Star Police, Meridian Police and Ada County Sheriff’s deputies searched the neighborhood for the driver for over ninety minutes -- but eventually called off the search when they were not able to locate him.

Two Code Red messages went out the neighborhood where the Jeep was found. The first went out about 10 a.m. to all the homes and businesses in a one-mile radius -- explaining what happened and why officers were searching the neighborhood. The second Code Red message went out at 11:30 a.m.  to the same group of people, explaining how the search was suspended and to call dispatch at 377-6790 if they had any information, Orr said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call Ada County non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790 or CrimeStoppers at 343-COPS.