Boise police are investigating whether two reports this month of attacks against women walking in public are linked, said Boise Police Department spokeswoman Haley Williams.
On Nov. 8, a Boise woman reported that a strange man attacked her earlier in the day — at about 12:50 a.m. — on Freemont Street near Allumbaugh Street.
“Then she said she pepper-sprayed him and he ran away,” Williams said.
The man was wearing dark clothing and the woman didn’t see his face or provide a description, Williams said.
BPD checked back in with the woman this week after a similar report on Monday. A 19-year-old woman said she was walking to her car in a shopping center parking lot near Westpark and North Milwaukee streets — the area of the Boise Towne Square mall and several other shopping areas — at around 6:15 p.m. when a strange man grabbed her from behind.
In that case, police say, the suspect carried a sharp object that left the woman with minor injuries. She was treated at a hospital and released. That suspect is described as being taller than 6 feet and husky, according to BPD.
If you have any information about these cases, you’re urged to call Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS.