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Boise police arrest man accused of pointing gun at person in parking lot

Boise man is threatened by unknown man with gun in parking lot

Boise police hope the public can help them identify a man who pointed a gun at a person in a parking lot Sunday night.
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Boise police hope the public can help them identify a man who pointed a gun at a person in a parking lot Sunday night.

Boise police believe they have found the man who pointed a gun at another man in a parking lot late Sunday night.

James Michael Bartley, 46, was booked into the Ada County Jail Wednesday on a charge of felony aggravated assault.

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James Bartley (Ada County Jail

After releasing video and still images of the suspect, police received a tip that Bartley was living in the 1100 block of South Hilton Street. Officers with Boise Police and U.S. Marshals Task Force visited Bartley Wednesday and tried to take him into custody — but he did not go willingly, so Boise Police Special Operations Unit was dispatched to the scene.

The SOU did not have to be activated, police said. Bartley was taken into custody without incident at 2 p.m.

Bartley’s criminal history includes convictions for public intoxication (2017) and misdemeanor DUI (2011) in Ada County, as well as disturbing the peace (2015) in Twin Falls County, according to online court records.

This is a news update. Here is our previous report:

A Boise man who was investigating suspicious activity in a parking lot near Overland and Orchard streets late Sunday was threatened at gunpoint by an unknown person, according to Boise Police.

The victim, who works at a nearby business, used his cellphone to record his encounter with the bearded gunman — and police are hoping the public can help them identify a suspect in the aggravated assault. The incident occurred at about 11 p.m. Sunday in the vicinity of the shopping mall anchored by the Albertsons grocery store.

When the suspect was approached, he began to yell — that’s why the man began recording video of the interaction, police said. The suspect pulled a handgun out of his shirt and pointed it at the man.

Do you recognize the man in the photos released by police? Anyone who knows the suspect’s identity or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call Ada County Dispatch’s non-emergency line, 208-377-6790 or Crime Stoppers: at 208-343-COPS (2677). You can also go online to, or leave a tip via the “P3 Tips” app on your phone.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413