Crime

$50,000 in damages stemming from BB gun shooting results in felony charges

David Hochstetler
David Hochstetler

Two Boise men are charged on suspicion of shooting as many as 34 businesses or vehicles with a BB gun, causing $50,000 in damage.

Police say evidence showed that while Michael Walsh, 59, drove a vehicle, David Hochstetler, 28, fired a BB gun out the passenger window on multiple occasions. The suspect’s vehicle, a two-door Ford Explorer, dark blue in color, with a temporary tag, matched the description given to police by witnesses.

In total, the $50,000 worth of damage was caused to vehicles and businesses between Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. Both suspects were taken into custody on unrelated charges after those dates.

In October, police said the BB gun shooting reports occurred along State Street and into Downtown Boise. Damaged windows were also located on the Boise Bench on Vista Avenue and Orchard Street.

Hochstetler is in the Ada County Jail on suspicion of malicious injury to property and a felony parole violation. Walsh is in custody of the Idaho Department of Corrections on unrelated charges and will be formally issued a charge for aiding and abetting malicious injury to property upon his release from IDOC’s custody.

Walsh is in state custody for a conviction of failing to register his new address on the Idaho sex offender registry. Walsh is a registered sex offender due to a 1993 conviction in Bonneville County for sexual abuse of a minor younger than 16. He is set for release from prison in 2019.

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