BPD makes arrest in Thursday homicide investigation

October 18, 2019

Boise Police Violent Crimes Unit detectives identified and arrested a suspect following the suspicious death of a male adult that was discovered Thursday morning in Ann Morrison Park.

Suspect: Andrew R. Garcia. 27, Boise

Charges: Murder in the Second Degree (F), Grand Theft (F)

On Thursday morning officers responding to a welfare check in Ann Morrison Park located the body of a deceased male adult in the southwest area of the park at 8:16 a.m.  Due to the suspicious nature of the man’s injuries, the death was investigated as a homicide.  Boise Police patrol officers, Neighborhood Contact Officers, bike officers and detectives began an investigation that led to numerous interviews and evidence. During the course of the investigation officers identified Andrew Garcia as a possible suspect.  Officers found evidence linking Garcia to the murder and he was arrested on that charge and booked into the Ada County Jail early Friday morning.  He was also found to be in possession of stolen financial transaction cards, which led to one charge of felony grand theft.

The victim was identified as 43-year-old Roque L. Arellano by the Ada County Coroner’s Office on Friday.  The cause of death is pending further investigation.

Anyone with additional information about the investigation is asked to please call dispatch at 208-377-6790.  You can also make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS (2677), www.343COPS.com, or leave a tip using the “P3 Tips” app for your mobile device.

Boise Police officers also dealt with Garcia on Wednesday during a separate investigation at Ann Morrison Park. As previously stated, the homicide victim was not involved in the Wednesday incident, which occurred in the same area.  During the homicide investigation, detectives found more evidence which supported charging with aggravated assault from Wednesday’s incident.

What Happened on Wednesday: Following an investigation on Wednesday, officers learned that Garcia and another man got into a physical altercation in Ann Morrison Park.  Reports indicated that Garcia had a realistic looking BB gun, which was found on scene at the time and the second man had a knife.  There was no evidence to indicate that either of the men used the weapons to harm one another during the altercation.  Officers did not have enough information to make an arrest on scene Wednesday and the report was routed to the prosecutor’s office for a review of possible charges.  Officers booked both of the weapons into evidence and ensured that the two subjects had separate places to go.  Evidence shows Garcia left the park on Wednesday but returned several hours later.  Officers have confirmed the other man did not return to the park and he was safe Thursday morning.

Suspect: Andrew R. Garcia, 27, Boise

Charges:  Aggravated Assault (F)- Wednesday Incident

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Previously released: October 17, 2019 at 12:16 pm

Around 8:16 a.m. Boise police responded to a welfare check in the south west corner of Ann Morrison Park.  When officers arrived they found one man who was deceased.  Detectives from the BPD Criminal Investigation Unit were called to the scene as the death appears to be suspicious in nature.  The Ada County Coroner also responded to participate in the investigation and they will release the man’s identity pending notification of next of kin. The cause and manner of the man’s death remain under investigation.

At this time, police do not believe the victim was involved in yesterday’s incident in the same area.  Detectives ask that anyone with information, who may have been at the park Wednesday evening or Thursday morning and has not yet talked to police, to please call dispatch at 208-377-6790.

Roads remain open in the area but anyone wishing to access Dog Island is asked to enter via the east gate closest to the fountain in Ann Morrison Park.

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Previously released: October 16, 2019

Around 12:08 p.m. Boise Police officers were dispatched to a report of a shot fired in the south west corner of Ann Morrison Park.  Officers immediately set up a perimeter around the scene and began an investigation.  Officers did not find that anyone had been injured and they received information about a possible suspect.  Officers made contact with a male matching the suspect’s description and evidence was found at the scene.   After further investigation, officers believe the incident possibly began as a physical altercation between two males.  Reports indicate that each male may have produced a weapon during the altercation, but did not use the weapons to harm one another.  Officers have made contact with both parties.  The investigation remains ongoing, and the report of a shot fired remains unconfirmed.  When the investigation is complete, BPD will route the report of the incident to the appropriate prosecuting attorney agency for review of potential criminal charges.

Officers would like to thank the public for their cooperation and coordination during this incident. There is no ongoing threat, the park is open and the scene is clear.

Contact: Boise Police Media Relations

(208) 570-6180 | BPDMedialine@cityofboise.org

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