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Posted on: December 6, 2018

Nampa Police make multiple arrests related to ongoing homicide investigation

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On September 25, 2018, at approximately 6:40 p.m., Nampa Police officers responded to the area of the 1100 block of Powell in reference to a fight. The investigation that followed this incident led to the arrest of Maribel Menchaca, a 42-year-old Nampa resident and a 16-year-old male for the charges of Robbery.


On September 25, 2018, at approximately 10:22 p.m., Nampa Police received a call of a shooting in the area of 11th Ave. North and Powell Ave. Upon arrival, officers located a 16-year old male who had been shot. The male, Roberto Gomez, was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.


Lt. Eric Skoglund stated, “These arrests are the result of many hours spent by detectives investigating this case. A grand jury reviewed evidence presented to them, related to these two cases, which led to multiple indictments.” 


The grand jury returned with indictments for the following subjects:


A 16-year-old Nampa male – 1st degree murder and robbery


Maribel Menchaca, age 42, a Nampa resident – 1st degree murder and robbery


Elizabeth Esparza, age 28, a Caldwell resident – Accessory to 1st degree murder, aid and abet robbery, and perjury


Olivia Hernandez Santana, age 35, a Caldwell resident – Accessory to 1st degree murder, intimidation of a witness and perjury


A 17-year-old Nampa male – accessory to 1st degree murder, aid and abet robbery, and perjury


A 16-year-old Nampa male – accessory to 1st degree murder, and aid and abet Robbery


A 16-year-old Caldwell male – aid and abet 1st degree murder, aid and abet robbery, and intimidation of a witness 


Jose Menchaca, age 39, a Nampa resident – aid and abet robbery


All these individuals were taken into custody today with the assistance of Caldwell Police Department and the United States Marshals Service.


The Nampa Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance in this case. Nampa Police would also like to thank all the agencies that assisted with this investigation. 


“We cannot undo the loss suffered by the victim and his family. This was a high priority case and these indictments reflect the hard work and diligence of our officers who identified the people involved in these crimes,” said Nampa Police Chief Joe Huff.


If anyone still has information on this case, please call Nampa Police at 208-465-2257 or Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS (2677) or on the web at 343COPS.com.