Women recognized for being 'heroes' after Boise mall attack

Statesman staffOctober 3, 2013 

Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson helped honor two women Thursday for their actions after what authorities called a sexually-motivated attack this past spring at the Boise Towne Square Mall.

Angie Smoot was severely injured May 14 in the mall's parking lot when she was trying to help the young female victim. Smoot said the woman started to get in her car when a man pulled up behind her in a pickup, jumped out and grabbed the woman.

Smoot, whose young boys were with her, yelled and tried to call 911. That's when the suspect, Greggory Macho, is accused of running over Smoot with his pickup. Smoot suffered a broken right leg and a fractured left hip and pelvis.

Smoot and the woman who came to her aid - identified only as Delana and from Middleton, according to the police report - were recognized at the Linen Building in Downtown Boise during a FACES Family Justice Center event to benefit victims of abuse and assault.

The honor came, as Masterson put it, "because of their bravery and willingness to help a stranger."

Macho faces felony counts of kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and destruction of evidence. He is also being charged with using a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.

Police allege that Macho's wife, Jessica Macho, and brother Richard Macho helped alter the appearance of his truck and hide from police.

A jury trial is scheduled for Dec. 16.

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