Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, January 11, 2008

01-11-08 Police Seek Help Finding Battery Suspect

01-11-08 Police Seek Help Finding Battery Suspect

    Boise, Jan. 11, 2008 - Boise Police are asking the public's help in finding a man believed responsible for several cases of battery targeting women.

    Another case was reported to police last week in which the crime and suspect description match that of similar incidents reported near the same area in August and March of 2007. In each case the man walks up to a woman walking down the street, may try to start a conversation with the woman, then gropes her. In each case the women yells or screams and the suspect runs off.

    The victim last week has been able to work with police and provide a composite sketch of the suspect which follows this news release.

    Suspect description: He is described as a white male in his late teens to early 20's, a young looking face, stocky build, 5' 9" tall, 210 lbs, with long hair in the front that nearly touches his cheekbones.

    At the time of the attack, the suspect wore an all black zip-up hoodie jacket (no logo or writing), solid red basketball shorts made of a thin material, and black low top tennis shoes.

    What Happened: The victim tells officers she was walking home on State Street near 30th shortly after 3:00 a.m. Friday, January 4th, when the suspect approached her asking what time it is and if she had a cell phone. During that brief conversation the suspect grabbed her. The victim pushed herself away, yelled at the suspect, and he ran off southbound on 30th.

    Background: This attack matches the description given by two other women, victims of similar attacks early the morning of August 18th, 2007, one attack near 13th & State and the second at 18th & Brumback.

    The August reports are similar to those reported by two women in the same Downtown/North End area in March of 2007 (see the news release issued on Sept. 13th, 2007 at www.boisepolice.org).

    Any Information: If anyone has information on these case, they're urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

    Personal Safety Tips: Officers say these incidents are good reminders for citizens to be alert and aware of their surroundings, to walk in pairs when possible, staying in well lit areas at night, and avoiding dark areas of streets and parking lots.