UPDATE: Three charged with arson after early morning car fires; victim speaks out
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UPDATE: Boise Police have charged two 19 year-old men with multiple felony arson charges after several early morning car fires were reported to police. In addition, a juvenile was charged with similar charges which will be handled in the juvenile justice system.
Dominic Tawney, 19, of Boise and Rodney Vancleave, 19, of Boise were both charged with four counts of arson, and two counts of attempted arson.
Boise Police are thanking citizens for their hard work in identifying in the suspect’s vehicle and describing the suspects during the crime.
"This type of citizen cooperation is part of what makes Boise a special place to live" says Boise Police watch commander Lt. Stan Niccolls. "Our citizens watch out for each other and when they see something out of place, they don't hesitate to call police, that in turn makes our job more effective and often results in quick arrest and prosecution. Thank you to the folks who choose to make a difference!"
On August 5th at 4:30 a.m., Boise Police received a report of a vehicle on fire near Northview and Liberty. As officers responded to that call, several similar calls came in.
Victims reported a vehicle on fire at Harrison Boulevard, two vehicles damaged and one on fire on the 1100 block of North 9th, and one on fire on the 1200 block of Hale Street.
Officers obtained a description of a possible suspect vehicle and began an intensive search.
The suspected vehicle was found speeding near Rose Hill and Roosevelt Street. Physical evidence in the car indicated the suspects were involved in the vehicle fires.
Officers also obtained evidence that indicates the suspects may be involved in a series of graffiti cases that took place on multiple prior occasions in the Boise area.