02-05-10 Bike Officer makes Quick Arrest after Attack, Theft
on the Greenbelt
Boise, Feb 5, 2010, 7:10 p.m. - Boise Police
have arrested two men after a woman reported being attacked and
robbed on the greenbelt this afternoon. Officers believe the men
attacked the woman shortly after they were cited for drinking
alcohol near the river. The same Boise Police bike officer who
cited the men also responded to the attack. The officer was able to
quickly piece together who the suspects were and make arrests
thanks to help from the victim.
"Two things combine to make these
arrests so quick; the victim remembering details of what the
suspects said and did, and an alert officer who knows this
greenbelt, knows the people who frequent here, and the nearby
neighborhoods," said Sgt. Clair Walker of the Boise Police Bike
"Our bike officers work these areas all year,
in all kinds of weather. They're very protective of this
greenbelt," said Sgt. Walker. "Stranger attacks are very rare, and
understandably can be very frightening. My hats off to this victim
and this officer, who together pieced together enough information
to quickly catch these two suspects."
Arrested: Robert S. McCulloch, 45,
no permanent address
Charged: Battery (m), Theft (m),
Failure to eject from a Boise park (m), Possession of an open
container of alcohol within 250-feet of the greenbelt (m), Open
container of alcohol in public (m).
Arrested: William A. Gilley, 61, no
Charged: Theft (m), Failure to eject
from a Boise park (m), Possession of an open container of alcohol
in public (m), Urinating in public (m).
What Happened: Boise Police received a
call from a woman on the greenbelt near Shoreline Dr. saying two
men had jumped out of nearby bushes, attacked and robbed her at
approx. 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.
The woman said she was riding her bike
but had stopped, and was standing next to her bike taking a drink
of soda when a man jumped out of some nearby bushes, grabbed and
groped her. Within moments, the woman said a second man jumped out
of the bushes. The second man took her backpack from her bicycle.
Both men then ran off.
Boise Police bike patrol officer Andy S.
Johnson responded to the woman's call for help. As he spoke with
the woman about what happened, she relayed that one of the men made
a comment to her that she shouldn't be drinking anything on the
greenbelt because they had just been cited by a Boise Police bike
officer for drinking alcohol. Earlier in the afternoon, Officer
Johnson himself had cited two men for the same offense - McCulloch
and Gilley - and ejected them from Ann Morrison Park.
Officer Johnson knew the two men stayed
at a local shelter. As he went to look for them, Officer Johnson
spotted one of the men, McCulloch, again drinking an open container
of alcohol near the river in Ann Morrison Park. McCulloch was
identified as the man who had initially grabbed and groped the
woman. He was arrested for battery on the woman and theft of the
A short time later, at a nearby homeless
shelter, Gilley was located. During questioning, Gilley made
statements he had been urinating in the bushes just prior to seeing
the woman. Officer Johnson arrested Gilley for stealing the woman's
backack. Both men were issued citations for additional, related
Missing Victims Backpack- Boise Police
continue to search the greenbelt and parks looking for the victims
backpack, which has not yet been found. The woman had personal
items inside, including clothing, a phone charger, books, and some
The pack is a blue Timberland backpack. Anyone
who finds the backpack is urged to help return it to the victim by
calling non-emergency police dispatch: 377-6790.