Authorities say two men used the Snapchat phone app to develop a relationship with an Eagle teenager before one of them allegedly robbed the boy at gunpoint near his home on May 30.
Deputies with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office arrested Syrus E. Tomaskovich, 19, during an early morning traffic stop Wednesday near Ustick and Mitchell streets in Boise. Deputies seized two loaded handguns in Tomaskovich’s car.
The victim said a man detectives later identified as Tomaskovich jumped out from behind a bush and demanded he and another man, identified as Ervey Tovar, 18, hand over their wallets and cell phones. The robber was holding a gun and wore a bandana over his face, the victim told deputies.
Detectives later identified Tovar as Tomaskovich’s accomplice.
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The teenager said he developed a friendship with Tovar over a period of months, but hadn’t seen him in person before the night of the incident. The two had planned to drive to California.
The victim and Tovar walked a short distance before the masked man came out from behind the bush.
Tovar reportedly told the teen to stay where he was while he went to a nearby house to call police. The victim said Tovar never came back that night and that he hadn’t heard from him since.
The Eagle Police Department, operated by the sheriff’s office under contract with the city, investigated the case. Detectives obtained warrants for both Tomaskovich and Tovar on Tuesday.
Tomaskovich was arraigned Wednesday in Ada County Magistrate Court on a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery. Tomaskovich, who is being held in the Ada County Jail on $500,000 bail, is scheduled to return to court July 12 for a preliminary hearing.
Tovar was arrested Tuesday in Gooding County. He remains in the Gooding County Jail, also on $500,000 bail. He will be returned to Boise for arraignment.