Sexual assault was motive in Boise mall attack, police believe

Statesman staffMay 23, 2013 

Boise police say they have evidence that sexual assault was the likely motive in an attack at the Boise Towne Square mall. Police are still looking for a man they say physically attacked one woman and intentionally drove into another woman who was walking in the mall parking lot.

The incident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. May 14.

Here's what police say happened:

• The suspect pulled his pickup 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 pickup, 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.

• There is no evidence that either woman knew the suspect.

If you want to offer financial help to the woman hit by the truck, contact any CapEd Federal Credit Union in the Treasure Valley and say you are contributing to the fund for Angie. Or, just say you're helping the woman who was hit at the mall.

The suspect's 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.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned male, possibly late 30s, bald or very short hair, stocky build, blue eyes, wearing a sleeveless shirt and shorts.

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.

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