Boise & Garden City

Police seek stranger who attacked couple in Downtown Boise: ‘He needs help’

Josh and Kristina Williams’ date night at The Balcony Club in Downtown Boise went terribly wrong after the Caldwell couple left the bar just past 2 a.m. and got into an altercation with a stranger near the Capital Terrace parking garage.

A bystander captured the attack and posted it on social media. Now the police are investigating and the video and photos of Josh’s badly beaten face are circulating on social media.

The couple returned to The Balcony on Monday night to tell their story to the media at the invitation of Balcony general manager Rodney Busbee.

“I met them online and we started to communicate,” Busbee said. “I wanted to let them know that they have support, and to give them a chance to tell their story so we can get to the bottom of what happened.”

Although the extent of his injuries is still not clear, he said, his nose is broken and his right occipital bone has multiple fractures. He might need surgery, said Kristina, whose back was injured during the confrontation.

Williams offered his account:

After the bar closed, the Williamses went down an escalator leading to the sidewalk along 8th Street. When Kristina began to get ill, she said, they stepped toward the parking garage for privacy. That’s when they first encountered the stranger, Josh said.

“Then the guy who hit me was shoving his phone camera in her face while she was hurting. I stood up and said something like, ‘What the (expletive) are you doing?’ The next thing I remember is the fire and rescue taking us to the hospital.”

The video shot by Daniel Fuentes shows Josh being punched in the head repeatedly. Then Kristina grabs the assailant and is finally able to pull him off her husband and shove him against a wall.

“I don’t know where I got the strength or energy to do it because I was feeling terrible,” she says. “But I did what I had to do to help my husband. He’s my rock.”

Josh, a 38-year-old welder, and Kristina, a 34-year-old Boise State University psychology student, married six months ago.

They started a campaign to help with medical expenses. Although Josh does have insurance, there may be additional medical costs they may need help with, he said. Any funds left over will go toward educating people about how to be safe in similar situations.

“We advocate nonviolence at all times,” Williams said. “And we don’t harbor any ill will to this guy. He needs help.”

Boise police are investigating the incident.

“Officers quickly responded and located the victim, an adult male, but the suspect had fled the scene prior to their arrival,” a Boise police spokesman said in a written statement.

Police are looking for a white or Hispanic man with dark brown hair and a light beard who fled the scene. He was wearing a red plaid shirt and black pants. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 208-343-2677 (COPS), or text via the “P3 Tips” app on mobile devices.

Dana Oland: 208-377-6442, @DanaOland

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller