Property where 16-year-old murder victim lived subject of nearly 30 police calls since January

October 9, 2018

NAMPA — The home where a 16-year-old boy had been living for just a week before he was shot to death has been subject to police response 27 times since January, according to Nampa Police records.

Roberto Angel Gomez of Nampa died from multiple gunshot wounds Sept. 25 at the intersection of Powell and 11th avenues.

Gomez had only been living in a trailer on a property in the 1000 block of Powell Avenue for about a week before his death, Nampa Police Capt. Curt Shankel said. Before moving into the trailer, Gomez stayed in hotels and various houses, Shankel said.

A motive has not been released for the shooting, and police have not named any suspects. Police have made arrests during the investigation, but only because of warrants, Shankel said.

Police had responded to multiple calls since March of suspicious activity at that property, such as reports of drug activity and people coming and going frequently and waiting for minutes inside different vehicles, according to police reports the Idaho Press obtained through a public records request.

On April 16, three men inside a vehicle without license plates were seen frequenting the house several times, according to a police report. One man was arrested on a failure to appear warrant. Two of the men were arrested on drug-related offenses.

On April 20, a reporting party called dispatch stating there was “the usual drug activity.” Following the April 20 report, responses for “drug activity” dwindled and were exchanged with reports of suspicious and abandoned vehicles or animals on the loose.

Another man was arrested Sept. 19 on a warrant for failing to appear on a lewd conduct charge, according to a copy of the police report.

Records show that police responded to a fight Sept. 25 — a few hours prior to the shooting that would kill Gomez.

Shankel previously told the Idaho Press that police believed Gomez was involved in the earlier fight. It was not known at the time, however, if the shooting that followed hours later was related to this disturbance or if the same people were involved in both incidents, he said. The police department did not release reports related to the fight, citing the active investigation.

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