Public throughout Northwest asked to help find mall attacker

Public throughout Northwest asked to help find mall attacker

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 6:42 PM

BOISE -- Police are asking media outlets throughout the Northwest to help in the search for a man responsible for a disturbing sexual assault in a Boise mall parking lot last week.

That's when an unidentifed man sexually assaulted a woman inside her car, then used his pickup to hit and run over a bystander who tried to stop the assault.

Department spokesperson Lynn Hightower told KTVB it's possible the unknown attacker may have left the Treasure Valley, or may even have been traveling through the region when the attack occured.

However, Hightower also said it's possible the attacker may still be in the area. Regardless, police are going to the public for help in solving this violent case.

A BRUTAL ATTACK

Police say a man pulled his pick-up truck up behind a woman's car as she was getting inside her car, and that is when he pushed himself inside the car and began to sexually assault her.

Another woman nearby getting into her vehicle heard the victim crying and walked toward the victim's car seeing if she needed help.

Police say that's when the man stopped the attack and got back into his pick-up. They say as he drove away, it appeared he intentionally swerved to hit the woman who had come to help.

She is recovering from serious injuries to her leg and hip.

"The attack on these two women was violent and unprovoked. Anyone who would do this must be considered dangerous and finding him before he acts out against someone else is an absolute priority," said Boise Police Deputy Chief William Bones.

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION

A teal colored approximately a 1997 GMC pickup truck with silver trim along the bottom and a sticker in the lower right corner of the rear window. The truck also has a Tonneau-type bed cover, which matches the teal color of the truck.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION

Light skinned male, possibly late 30s, bald or very short hair, stocky build, blue eyes, wearing a tank top and shorts at the time of the incident.

Anyone who thinks they recognize the suspect or the suspect's vehicle is urged to call non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790 or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

Safety tips from BPD:

  • Park in safe, secure areas with your car locked.
  • Note who has parked next to your car, particularly if a large vehicle or van.
  • Have your keys ready in your hand when approaching your car.
  • Be alert as to who might be approaching you.

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