'Neighborhood Watch' planned in area near Emmett murder scene
EMMETT, Idaho (KBOI) - A "Neighborhood Watch" is in the works as people in Emmett learn of an arrest in the murder of 78-year-old Darole Carpenter.
Vicki Barker said the crime has made many people uneasy, so she decided to do something about it.
"Oh, thank goodness," Barker said. "I have worked for law enforcement in the past. I know these things don't happen like they do on television. It takes a while to process all the information."
Carpenter was found dead two months ago.
"This one caught our attention because of the brutality involved," said Capt. Bill Gardiner of the Idaho State Police.
Gardiner said Carpenter was bludgeoned in the head and stabbed multiple times.
"I never thought something like that would happen here," said Emmett resident Jessica Szalay.
Douglas Anderson was arrested Friday in Salmon, a five-hour drive from Emmett.
Investigators said he stole about $30,000 from Carpenter, promising an investment in cattle and hay.
"What we believe is that eventually after so much time had gone by, Mr. Carpenter was curious about those investments and Mr. Anderson did what he could to hide his financial crimes," Gardiner said.
Barker called Carpenter a "fiesty fellow" and said "he probably put up a heck of a fight."
She already has "Neighborhood Watch" signs in her windows and is preparing for a second meeting with her neighbors.
"If it causes just one person to think twice, it's done its job," Barker said.