Crime

Woman reports attack by naked man in Meridian convenience store; 23-year-old man arrested

A 23-year-old man was arrested Monday morning after a female customer at a Meridian convenience store was attacked by a naked man when she entered the women's restroom, Meridian police report.

Suspect George Cody Thornock was later found hiding in a nearby neighborhood and taken to a local hospital after officers determined he was under the influence of methamphetamine, Meridian Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea said. After receiving treatment, he was booked into the Ada County Jail late Monday afternoon on a charge of battery with intent to commit a serious felony.

The assault was reported shortly after 6 a.m. at a store at Ustick and Ten Mile roads. Police said the woman was able to fight off her assailant, and her 17-year-old son chased the man as he fled the scene.

The woman and other witnesses described the naked man, and police searched the area for him. About 7:20 a.m., police began receiving calls from area residents who reported a man entered several houses and fled upon discovery. Police went to the address where the man was last reported hiding and took Thornock into custody.

Thornock was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, but otherwise matched victim and witness descriptions of the naked man, Basterrechea said. The neighborhood where he was found is about a quarter-mile from the convenience store, he said.

The charge of battery with intent to commit a serious felony carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Thornock will also face charges for allegedly breaking into homes while trying to avoid police.

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