BOISE – Boise Police say a 15-year-old boy who pointed a gun at a 10-year-old girl who was walking to a bus stop this morning has been arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
Investigators say a similar incident involving a school bus driver in the area of N. Five Mile and W. Ustick roads has led to the second felony charge. That one happened prior to the incident with the girl.
Police tell us the girl was walking in a neighborhood southeast of N. Cloverdale and W. Ustick roads when a car with four teenagers, three boys and a girl, pulled up next to her. One of the boys pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the girl. The girl told police she was scared and crouched down until the car drove away.
She then ran to the bus stop, and when she got to school she called her mom, who alerted police.
Boise Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower says the girl was able to get to safety and provide police with a good description of the vehicle - a black Honda sedan. From that information, officers made a felony traffic stop around 9 a.m. at the Walgreens at the corner of Fairview Avenue and Milwaukee Street.
"Fortunately, she did all the rights things," said Hightower. "She got to safety and she immediately reported it. And she was able to be observant and astute enough to give a very good suspect vehicle description."
Police searched the car and found a BB gun inside. All four teens were questioned. Three of them were released to the custody of their parents. The fourth one was taken into police custody.
The investigation is continuing. Officers have also found evidence that the teens shoplifted from a local retailer this morning. Felony burglary charges are pending against at least two of the teens.
An officer who was responding to assist with the traffic stop collided with a pickup truck and a passenger car at the intersection of Milwaukee and King streets. The police car came to rest in the yard of a nearby daycare center.
The officer was taken to a nearby hospital, but has since been treated and released. No one else was hurt in the crash.
Since the crash involved a Boise Police officer, the investigation has been turned over to the Idaho State Police.
Police blocked northbound Milwaukee Street at Fairview Avenue while they investigated both incidents. The road is open to traffic again.