Bond set at $2 million for mall attack suspect

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Bond set at $2 million for mall attack suspect

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by Karen Zatkulak

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Posted on June 5, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 6:51 PM

BOISE -- Witness accounts and public response lead to the arrest of a Boise man, now charged with four felonies in connection to a disturbing crime.

Boise Police tell us on May 14th, Gregory Macho attacked two women he did not know in the Boise Towne Square Mall parking lot. He is now charged with kidnapping, battery, aggravated battery, and destruction of evidence.

Judge Daniel Steckel set bond for the 31-year-old at $2 million. Macho's attorney argued that his client has a wife, two daughters and holds down two jobs, and wanted bond set at $100,000.

A BRUTAL ATTACK

Prosecutor Brain Naugle says Macho drove his green pickup truck into the Boise Towne Square Mall parking lot on May 14th.

He says Macho then blocked in a young women getting into her car outside the JC Penney store. Naugle said it was a young women Macho did not know.

"The defendant entered the car, attacked her, attempted to remove her clothing, groped her, choked her," said Naugle.

He says another woman heard the victim crying and went to her car to help. Moments later, police say Macho intentionally ran over that woman with his pickup truck.

Police have seized Macho's pickup truck as evidence of the crime. They say he took several steps to alter the appearance of the truck after the May 14th attack.

NEIGHBORS' REACT

Ana Martinez tells us she watched as police surrounded Macho's apartment Tuesday night.

"They were taking pictures of the bottom of the truck, so the first thing that popped into my mind was that he ran someone over, or hit and run somebody, or something," said Martinez.

Martinez says she had no idea that's exactly what police say Gregory Macho did. She says she didn't know her neighbor, but had seen his green pickup truck parked outside his apartment.

"That's scary to know that somebody could do that and not say anything," said Martinez.

Another woman, who did want to go on camera, told us she knew her neighbor well, and doesn't believe he's capable of the crimes he's charged with.

Macho does have a criminal history. He was arrested on a grand theft charge in 2011, and was recently released from jail on felony probation.

PHOTOS, SKETCH LED TO ARREST

Police asked media outlets throughout the Northwest to help in the search for the man responsible for the attack. They say major leads in the case developed after photos of the suspect's truck were released along with a sketch of the suspect.

"It was a community effort to solve this crime," said Deputy Chief of Police William Bones. "...The officers who worked this case have contacted literally hundreds of people, followed dozens of leads and put in many long hours developing the evidence that led to this morning's arrest."

 

A photo of the suspect's pickup and a sketch released by Boise police

 

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