Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, August 21, 2006

Attempted Assault on Greenbelt

Attempted Assault on Greenbelt

Boise, August 20, 2006 - 12:45 p.m. - Boise Police are searching for a man after a woman reported he attempted to assault her on the greenbelt.

Officers were called to the 1100 block of River St. on the Greenbelt at approx. 9:11 a.m.. A woman there told officers she was walking her two small dogs westbound on the greenbelt when a man approached from the opposite direction and passed her. As he went by he turned around immediately behind her. She heard him turn toward her and she turned to face him. The man tried to push her into some nearby bushes. He verbally threatened to hurt her but she did not see any weapons, and when she began screaming for help, the suspect pushed her and ran away. He was last seen running north toward River St. from the greenbelt. The victim was not hurt.

Other greenbelt users responded to the victim's call for help. The victim borrowed a cell phone from a bicyclist and called 911. Officers responded within a couple minutes and did an extensive area search but were unable to locate the suspect.

Suspect description: The man is described as a white man in his late 20's, 5'10", 160 lbs., a goatee, short blk hair, hazel eyes, wearing a dark blue t-shirt, olive colored khaki shorts, shoes with no socks and carrying a small note pad. The victim described the young man as very clean cut.

Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 343-COPS or non-emergecy dispatch at 377-6790.

"Fortunately, assaults like this on the greenbelt are very rare," said Lt. Stuart Kelsay, the patrol supervisor who responded to the incident.

"This victim was alert to her surroundings, she was aware of this man approaching her and she loudly called for help. People should always be keenly aware of their surroundings whenever they're walking anywhere alone."