Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

UPDATE: Officers believe Sexual Assault was Motive in parking lot attack

Boise, May 22, 2013 - Boise Police detectives say they have evidence sexual assault was the likely motive behind the unprovoked attack of a woman in a retail parking lot May 14th.  During the attack another woman in the parking lot offered assistance which officers believe caused the suspect to flee.  As he was leaving the scene in his pickup, detectives say, the suspect intentionally swerved and struck her causing significant traumatic injuries.  

The incident occurred in the south parking lot of a large retail center on the northeast corner of N. Milwaukee St and W. Franklin Rd Tuesday, May 14th shortly before 9:00 p.m.

After additional investigation into the incident, officers say it appears the following occurred:

  • The suspect pulled his pick-up truck behind a woman's car as she had the door open and was getting inside, pushed himself inside the car and began to sexually assault the woman. 
  • A woman nearby also getting into her vehicle heard the victim crying and walked toward the victim's car asking if she needed help.
  • The suspect stopped the attack, got back into his pick-up, and as he drove away, appeared to intentionally swerve to hit the second woman who had come to help.
  • That woman is recovering from serious injuries to her leg and hip.

"The attack on these two women was violent and unprovoked. Anyone who would do this must be considered dangerous and finding him before he acts out against someone else is an absolute priority," said Deputy Chief William Bones. 

Officers are tracking every lead and we appreciate those who have called in tips.

Boise Police also appreciate our local business community, including the Boise Towne Square Mall who has provided security footage of the suspect vehicle, and Lamar Outdoor advertising who is now displaying the suspect vehicle on several electronic billboards around Boise. 

At this time, there is no evidence that either of the victims know the suspect. 

   UPDATED SUSPECT VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: The suspect vehicle is described as an approximately 1997 GMC pickup, teal in color with silver trim along the bottom.  At the time of the attack, the vehicle had a sticker in the lower right corner of the rear window and a Tonneau-type bed cover matching the teal color of the vehicle. 

   SUSPECT DESCRIPTION: The suspect is described as a light skinned male, possibly late 30's, bald or very short hair, stocky build, blue eyes, wearing a sleeveless shirt and shorts at the time of the attack.

   Crime Stoppers: Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.

 

  Personal Safety Advice from the BPD Crime Prevention Unit:

 

These are general safety tips that we all should do our best to adhere to, whether shopping or running errands around town. Please remember to:

 

* park in safe, secure areas with your car locked

 

* note who has parked next to your car, particularly if a large vehicle or van

 

* have your keys ready in your hand when approaching your car

 

* be alert as to who might be approaching you 


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