Arrested: Steven L. Roach, 62, Boise
Charged: Stalking in the First Degree (F), Indecent Exposure (m)
On January 15th, officers received a report of a man acting suspiciously and possibly following children in his vehicle as they walked home from school in the area of Vista and Overland. Officers immediately responded but did not locate the suspect that day. Officers began investigating and increased patrols at area schools during the hours that school was let out. Boise Police School Resource Officers also notified Boise School District personnel and continued to work with them to ensure child safety on and around school campuses.
On the afternoon of Friday, January 17th, several members of the BPD Neighborhood Contact Unit were in the same area conducting surveillance and witnessed a vehicle matching the suspect’s description drive by an elementary school. The vehicle was described as a blue Honda CRV with a spare tire on back and a “Honda” spare tire cover. He then drove past a child’s home twice before attempting to leave the area. Officers conducted a traffic stop and took the suspect, identified as 62-year-old Steve Roach, into custody. When officers initially stopped Roach, they found that his pants were undone and he was exposing himself.
Members of the Boise Police Special Victims Unit assisted on the call. Evidence was gathered that indicated Roach had on more than one occasion driven by elementary schools as school let out and watched children walk home. The suspect was transported to the Ada County Jail and booked for felony stalking and misdemeanor indecent exposure.
If anyone has additional information about prior suspicious activity involving the suspect, Steven Roach, please call BPD Special Victim’s Unit Detective Griffin at 208-577-4432.
Safety reminders for Parents and Children:
-Make sure your child knows their full name, important contact information for you and their address or school name. This may help ease fear in kids who become lost or scared in an emergency.
-Parents should periodically walk the route their child takes to school and encourage children to not take shortcuts or walk alone.
-Establish a list of trusted adults your child is safe to leave a location with. Discuss this list with your child and form a family password that allows you to utilize a person to pick up your child in an emergency. A code word, with a familiar face, will make your child feel comfortable leaving with them. Periodically review this list with your child.
-Help kids identify safe people who can help them in the event they get lost or scared. Frequently teach kids about safe locations in your neighborhood or near their school they can go to in an emergency.
-Educate and review often with your child about various tactics predators may try to get kids to enter a stranger’s vehicle, open the door at home or meet up after chatting online.
-Encourage your child to trust their gut instincts and share with you anything that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable.