BOISE -- Police are searching for the male driver of a teal pickup they say intentionally hit and ran over a woman near the Boise Towne Square Mall Tuesday night. The same driver is suspected of attacking another woman in the same parking lot just moments before, the lower parking lot just outside of JC Penney.
"This suspect needs to be found," said Boise Police Deputy Chief William Bones. "These attacks appear unprovoked, the victims appear innocent, and we are asking the public's help to find this suspect as soon as possible before he's a threat to anyone else."
The incidents in question happened just before 9 p.m. Tuesday when several calls for help were phoned in to police.
Officers say mall security pointed out a woman laying in the parking lot who appeared to have a serious leg injury. Police say she was immediately transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
According to reports, another woman reported the same suspect had physically attacked her just moments before the second woman was run over. Police say she wasn't injured and the motivation behind the attack is still under investigation.
Witnesses say the man appeared to have begun his attack when the first victim was trying to enter her car. They say after a brief struggle, he gave up and got in his pickup.
Boise Police spokesperson Lynn Hightower said that's when the second woman was apparently run over in what she described as a random attack.
Hightower said there's no evidence that the suspect knew either of the victims and police don't suspect the assault was domestic in nature.
Police say the driver was last seen headed eastbound through the Boise Towne Square Mall parking lot.
A teal colored possibly 90s model GMC or Chevrolet pickup truck with a sticker in rear window, lower right corner. The truck may have a slight lift and has silver base trim.
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