Mall parking lot attack victim: 'Excited, happy, relieved'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The woman who was run over in the parking lot of the Boise Towne Square Mall last month says Wednesday's news of an arrest made her day.

"[I was] excited, happy, relieved," says Angie Smoot. "I didn't think [police] were going to catch him. I figured he had left the state."

Boise Police arrested 31-year-old Gregory Macho early Wednesday morning and charged him with attacking a woman in her car and then running over Smoot, who had approached the car after becoming suspicious.

Smoot says she was concerned for her safety while the search was on for her attacker, but now she feels a sense of relief.

"I feel less worried and safer," she says.

Smoot says she was walking with her kids in the parking lot on May 14 when they saw a teal pickup pull up behind another car with a woman inside that was parked.

She says she saw a man jump out of the truck and get into the car.

At first, she says she thought the two knew each other, but as the were walking, her son told her he heard the woman crying.

Smoot says she got an uneasy feeling about what was going on, so she put her kids in her car, and approached the car.

When she asked what was going on, she says the man ran back to his truck and started it up. She says she was looking down at her phone to call 911 when the man swerved and ran her over before driving off.

Smoot suffered a broken femur, fractured pelvis, and fractured hip. She now has a metal rod in her leg.

She is currently in a wheelchair, and will be for probably another month, then she will start the long therapy process and learn to walk again.

"Every day is different," she says. "Some days are good and some days I struggle."

She believes she will make a full recovery, but doctors have told her it could take up to a year.

Smoot says she and her family have since moved away from the area, but that it was planned before the attack happened.