Maybe it's the rise in baby food prices. Maybe it's the difficulty in finding affordable health care for violent felons in Idaho. Whatever the reason, a visibly pregnant white female and her bloodthirsty henchman are being sought in connection with a crime spree on Monday, November 29, that left one elderly woman injured, one bank security guard gunless and one Boise police officer cowering.

The incident began at U.S. Bank on the corner of Broadway Ave. and University Dr., when Charles Bagwell, 32, of Redlands, CA pointed a gun at an off-duty security guard and nabbed the guard's .357 caliber handgun. Bagwell then ordered all 15 people inside to lie on the ground. They agreed. He accentuated his order with a swift kick to one of the reclining customers before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money. On the way out of the parking lot Bagwell fired six rounds from the .357 at a Boise Police Officer, blowing out a tire and a window of the officer's patrol car. The officer did not return fire.

Shortly after fleeing the scene, Bagwell and his driver, Erin Bagwell, 32, also of Redlands and obviously preggo, forced their way into a pair of homes approximately two miles south of the bank. The first was empty, and the pair ransacked it and parked their car in the garage. The second home contained a 74-year-old woman and her 79-year-old husband, who were held captive while the Bagwells tallied their winnings, watched preliminary news reports about their heist and gave their already homely teal Ford Escort a makeover with brown house paint.

After a four-hour detainment, the Bagwells fled in the newly uglified car at around 9 p.m. The elderly woman has been treated for minor wounds resulting from a smack to the head from the male Bagwell. Warrants have been issued for both Bagwells on charges of kidnapping, robbery. Both are onsidered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.


Boise Police are investigating a rash of stabbings that highlighted a night of violent tomfoolery at the Big Easy Concert House on Wednesday, November 26. The widespread fracas started with a brawl inside the club, resulting in bouncers booting 12 people into the street. One unidentified member of the dubious dozen had been stabbed twice in the upper torso, but officers did not learn this until the victim's friend, 20-year-old Edgar Garibay of Boise, whisked him away to (supposedly) the hospital.

Garibay's course to the ER proved rather indirect. It included, for instance, a high-speed swerve through a group of people on the corner of 8th and Broad Street, resulting in one bystander getting grazed by Garibay's car. Police followed Garibay down Myrtle Street, where he was soon arrested for aggravated battery. His friend was finally taken to the hospital and is being treated for the stab wounds.

In a similar but seemingly unrelated incident, several other members of the exiled Big Easy bruisers started the melee up again in the parking lot of the Jackson's Food Store at the corner of 5th and Myrtle Street. Another bystander, 20-year-old Eric Lane, guard for the Boise State men's basketball team, claimed he was watching the fight when someone ran by and skewered him in the lower torso. Police subsequently stopped several cars in their search for the suspect, described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, approximately 5'7" with a shaved head. Lane's injuries are not life threatening, but they may keep him off the court for up to three weeks.

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