Police: Rooftop standoff ends after 4 hours in the cold

Police: Rooftop standoff ends after 4 hours in the cold

BOISE,  Idaho -- A burglary suspect fled to the rooftop of an apartment complex early Saturday morning after police responded to a call about a possible break-in, Boise police said.

At around 4:15 a.m. Saturday Boise Police received a call from a woman saying she heard a window break at a neighboring apartment, followed by a series of loud noises.

Officers said that when they arrived at the complex located in the 5100 block of West Morris Hill they saw a man fleeing the area near the reported apartment with a broken window.

Pursuing officers chased the suspect, who climbed up an awning and onto the roof of an apartment building.

Other officers on-scene investigated the residence that was broken into and found that the suspect could have taken a gun from the apartment.

Boise Police said that they quickly established a perimeter around the building to protect the community from a potential armed standoff.

After spending hours in the cold police used a ladder truck from Boise Fire to take the subject, identified as Robert K. Streicher, 35, into custody at around 8:15 a.m. Saturday.

Officers recovered a number of personal items taken from the apartment, however said that the man didn't have a firearm.

After being examined for cold-related injuries at a local hospital, the man was booked into the Ada County Jail on felony burglary charges.

"we want to thank the citizen who called in the initial report of a disturbance to police. We also want to thank the citizens who endured a prolonged presence in the neighborhood this morning, for their patience," said Boise Police Patrol Captain Eugene Smith. "This type of citizen call, something suspicious in the neighborhood, is the kind of cooperation between police and citizens that can make a difference in the effort to fight crime in our community."