Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

UPDATE: Arrest in Parking Lot Attack. Officers have Suspect and Suspect Vehicle in Custody.

Boise, June 5, 2013 - Boise Police arrested a man early this morning in connection with a brutal attack on two women last month in the parking lot of a major retail center. The man is currently charged with aggravated battery. Other charges are possible.

"It was a community effort to solve this crime. Boise Police are extremely grateful to the citizens who called in tips hoping to help us solve this crime. The officers who worked this case have contacted literally hundreds of people, followed dozens of leads and put in many long hours developing the evidence that led to this morning's arrest," said Deputy Chief of Police William Bones. 

"This case has been a high priority for this department because we knew it was a priority for the citizens we serve. Brutal, unprovoked attacks like this involving suspects who are strangers to their victims are quite uncommon. What is common, however is citizens who care, pay attention and actually help us solve crimes. That's what happened again in this case. We're now prepared to work closely with prosecutors to make sure the victims and this community get the justice we believe they deserve."

Arrested: Gregory L. Macho, 31, Boise060413 Suspect Macho

Charged: Aggravated Battery (F), Battery (m)

Other charges are possible as detectives and prosecutors review evidence and continue to develop the case.

Booking photo courtesy of the Ada County Sheriff's Office.

Investigative Leads, Tips: Since the crime occurred the evening of May 14th, officers began developed leads toward identifying the suspect. When images of the suspect vehicle were broadcast May 15th, citizens called in dozens of additional tips. More evidence was uncovered when a sketch of the suspect was released May 31st, leading to the arrest of the suspect this morning. 

In Custody: The suspect was taken into custody at his home last night. He was questioned and arrested by Boise Police at approximately 1:30 this morning. The suspect is a Boise resident and lives within a mile of where the crime occurred.

Suspect Vehicle: Officers have taken custody of the suspect's pick up truck as evidence in the crime. There is evidence the suspect took several steps to alter the appearance of the truck after the crime occurred.

What's Next: Please check with Ada County Courts for the suspect's scheduled appearances.

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UPDATE: Officers release Sketch of Suspect in Parking Lot Attack

 Boise, May 31, 2013 - Boise Police have worked with victims and witnesses to develop a sketch of the suspect who attacked two women in a retail parking lot earlier this month. Officers hope the sketch will mean new leads in the hunt for the suspect.

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Detectives have received numerous leads in the case since it happened May 14th. Officers are very grateful for all the tips received. All leads, including those submitted by citizens as well as those developed by investigators have either been exhausted or are under continued investigation. Because of the brutal nature of the attack, the case remains a high priority for officers. They hope the sketch, combined with photos of the suspect's pick up truck (below) will prompt new leads, leading to the suspect.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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 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:

 * be aware, walk with purpose, be alert as to who might be approaching you.

 * 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.

 * Avoid distractions like cel phones, texting, funbling for keys, packages, etc.

 

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Officers Search for Pick-Up Driver after Parking Lot Attack

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Boise May 15, 2013 - Boise Police are searching for the driver of a pick-up truck who appears to have intentionally hit and injured a woman in a retail parking lot last night. The woman was hit by the driver after he had reportedly just attacked another woman as she was getting into her car.

Officers believe they have a good image of the suspect’s pick-up truck. Anyone who can help officers locate the suspect is urged to contact non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790.

What Happened: Boise Police were called to the south end of the parking lot on the 300 block of N. Milwaukee Street at Franklin Rd last night at 8:49 p.m. They were directed in by mall security to a woman lying in the lot with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. According to witnesses, the woman had been hit – apparently intentionally – by a man driving a teal colored pick- up truck.

The woman was immediately transported to a nearby hospital. Officers also found another woman who reported the same suspect had first physically attacked her as she was getting into her car. According to witnesses, the suspect stopped that attack, got back in his truck, and as he drove off, appeared to intentionally swerve to hit the second woman. The driver was last seen headed eastbound through the parking lot.

Suspect Vehicle Description: A teal colored possibly 90's model GMC or Chevrolet pick-up truck with a sticker in rear window, lower right corner. The truck may have a slight lift and has silver base trim. The truck has a solid Tonneau-type bed cover painted the same color as the truck.

Suspect Description: light skinned male, possibly late 30's, bald or very short hair, stocky build, blue eyes, wearing a tank top and shorts at the time of the incident.

Recognize the Pick-Up? Anyone who thinks they recognize the suspect vehicle is urged to call non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790 or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

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