Boise police arrested two men on felony aggravated battery charges this past weekend in connection with separate altercations.
Late Friday night, police responded to a report of a fight at a business near South 6th Street and West Main Street. Witnesses told officers that two strangers got into a verbal altercation, and one man struck the other in the head with a glass object, causing the victim to lose consciousness. The assailant then reportedly punched the victim before fleeing the business, police said.
A witness followed the assailant from a safe distance and directed officers to his location. Officers quickly located 27-year-old Harry Zola of Boise, who matched witness descriptions, about four blocks away and took him into custody. Zola was booked into the Ada County jail and later released.
About 8:30 Saturday morning, Boise officers responded to a call of a physical fight outside a residence near the intersection of South Americana Boulevard and West River Street. Witnesses told officers that a man verbally confronted another individual about a previous interaction, then punched the victim in the head multiple times, causing them to lose consciousness.
The assailant left the scene on foot, and police located a suspect, 49-year-old Peter Jaime, near West Main Street and North Whitewater Park Boulevard. When they detained him, found a small plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance that tested presumptive positive for marijuana, as well as a smoking pipe. Jaime was booked into the Ada County Jail on charges of felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor marijuana and paraphernalia possession. He remained in jail Tuesday afternoon.
Victims in both cases were transported to a local hospital and treated for injuries described as not life-threatening.