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Man arrested in parking lot assault

Boise police arrested a man Wednesday morning in connection with an attack on two women last month in the parking lot of a major retail center.

The suspect, Gregory L. Macho, 31, of Boise, is charged with aggravated assault, a felony, and misdemeanor battery. More charges are possible.

Police said he attacked a woman in the parking lot. They have called the incident sexual assault. Another woman in the parking lot offered help to the victim, which officers said caused Macho to flee. As he was leaving in his pickup, the suspect intentionally swerved and struck the second woman, causing significant traumatic injuries, said detectives.

KBOI reports that the woman hit by the pickup, Angie Smoot, is in a wheelchair, and will be for probably another month, when she will start the long therapy process and learn to walk again.

“It was a community effort to solve this crime. Boise police are extremely grateful to the citizens who called in tips hoping to help us solve this crime. 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,” said Deputy Chief of Police William Bones in a news release.

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