Let's play a little word association. We'll say the name of something, and you say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? Small-headed bank robber. Did you say "bus station?" Then maybe you don't have what it takes to be a successful Boise Police officer like Gene Rapp.
According to a Police Department release, Rapp's free-associative mind led him to the man who knocked over the Bank of America at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Front Street just hours after the crime took place. At approximately 10:30 a.m. on August 1, the alleged thief reportedly walked into the bank and handed a note indicating that he had a weapon to the teller. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash, but left an impression on witnesses that they were all too willing to disclose to police. All apparently agreed that he had a small head, large shoulders, a buzz-cut and no facial hair.
Upon hearing the description, Rapp thought to search the nearby downtown Greyhound bus station-no dice. But approximately five minutes after the officer left a description of the suspect, a bus station clerk called to announce the arrival of William Gray, 19, who matched the description.
Gray, a Indianapolis import who had recently been living as a transient in Boise, was detained at the bus station after being uncooperative with police. However, he was soon found to be in possession of evidence-and specifically, evidence of a pecuniary nature. Officers believe they have recovered all of the money stolen from the bank, and have charged Gray with robbery and resisting and obstructing.