Boise man accused of punching nightclub worker, assaulting cyclist

July 14, 2014 

Gilberto Garza Jr.

Gilberto Garza Jr., 33, was jailed Friday on charges he punched a nightclub employee on July 8 and tried to use his car to pin a bicyclist against a van on Feb. 7 after an argument, Boise police reported Monday. He faces a misdemeanor battery charge for the nightclub incident and felony aggravated assault for the bicyclist incident.

Garza has several other cases pending against him in Ada County courts, most notably a 2013 Eagle home burglary that netted $1 million worth of silver bars and other valuables.

Garza and his wife, Jessica Engelhardt, are each charged with grand theft in the Eagle heist, and Garza is charged with burglary. They are scheduled to stand trial together on Sept. 11.

In a letter to the Idaho Statesman last summer, Garza denied robbing the home of Richard M. Phillips, saying the items had been given as a payoff from a 2008 sex abuse case involving Phillips. He claimed he bought the valuables from the father of one of two teenage girls Phillips was accused of molesting. Phillips was later acquitted of all charges.

The items taken from the Phillips home included $803,000 worth of silver bars, a 2002 Mercedes-Benz sedan, 10 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition, two bronze statues, and jewelry. Garza claimed that he went to the home to claim the items. The judge has said he would not allow any mention of that claim at trial.

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