Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, June 12, 2009

061209 Attack on Woman in Apartment; Officers Search for Suspect

061209 Attack on Woman in Apartment; Officers Search for Suspect
   Boise, June 12, 2009 - Boise Police are searching for a man who entered a woman's bedroom early this morning and tried to strangle her. The woman struggled and the man left. The woman suffered some injuries, including to her neck, but did not require hospitalization.
 
   What Happened: Boise Police were called to an apartment at 6:00 a.m. this morning in the area of S. 22nd Street and W. Idaho. The woman tells officers she was sleeping in her bedroom when she woke up to a man with his hands around her neck trying to strangle her. The woman struggled with the man, and after what seemed to the woman like a few minutes, the man stopped the attack. She watched the man walk away and immediately called police dispatch. The woman says her attacker is not someone she knows or is acquainted with.
 
   Suspect Description: The victim is able to describe the suspect as under 6-feet talk, approx 250 lbs, stocky build, darker skin, wearing a blue polo shirt and a white, flat brimmed ball cap with a DC logo.
 
   Further Information: Police are still investigating how the man entered the apartment, but there are no obvious signs of forced entry. A roommate at home and asleep at the time of the attack was not hurt and did not hear or see the suspect. Boise Police have received no other reports of similar incidents in this neighborhood or any other in recent weeks.
 
   "It's fortunate this young woman was not more seriously hurt. Understandably this was a very frightening incident for her," said Sgt. Kip Higby of the Boise Police Special Victims Unit.
 
   "She was able to give us the best description she could of her attacker. Our detectives are looking for all the leads they can, and we're hoping the public can help us on finding out who this guy is. We're not sure what all his motivations were and we want to stop him before he tries this again." said Sgt. Higby.
 
   CrimeStoppers: Anyone with any information on the crime or suspect is urged to call Boise area Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous. Callers with information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000. Citizens can also go online to www.343COPS.com, follow the links and leave their tip, or text tips the word "TIP236" and type in  "CRIMES".
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