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Tip leads to Boise man’s arrest for sexual assault near BSU

At left, Joseph Purcell. At right, a sketch of the suspect distributed earlier by police.
At left, Joseph Purcell. At right, a sketch of the suspect distributed earlier by police.

One day after releasing a composite sketch of a man who reportedly attacked a Boise woman in her bed early Sunday morning, Boise police officers arrested a 35-year-old Boise man Thursday.

Joseph F. Purcell, 35, faces felony charges of forcible penetration with a foreign object and burglary.

The woman reported that she awoke early Sunday morning to a man sexually assaulting her at a home on Manitou Avenue near the Boise State University campus.

Police released a sketch of the attacker Wednesday evening with a black stripe over the man’s eyes. The victim told police her attacker covered his eyes when she woke up, so she couldn't describe them accurately.

“We would like to thank the immediate help from the citizens of Boise, as well as the BPD sketch artist for their assistance in bringing this suspect into custody,” said BPD Special Victim’s Unit Sgt. Darren Mitchell. “That community assistance and the cooperation of the victim and detectives working together put a lot of minds at ease now that this arrest has been made.”

Purcell remained in the Ada County Jail Thursday evening.

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