UPDATE: BOSTON POLICE INVESTIGATE ASSAULT AND ATTEMPTED RAPE OF ELDERLY WOMANDETECTIVES SEEK ASSISTANCE FROM THE PUBLIC This morning around 5:15am, Boston Police officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for an elderly person assaulted. Upon arrival, officers located an 88-year-old female victim who was suffering from various injuries as a result of a recent assault. Investigators determined that the actual incident most likely occurred around 4:00am. A relative of the victim contacted authorities at approximately 5:15am. The victim was physically assaulted. It has also been determined that the elderly woman was a victim of an attempted rape. There were no immediate signs of forced entry or items stolen. Detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit along with crime scene technicians are processing the crime scene to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding this tragic incident. The location of this incident is a very active crime scene, and detectives are canvassing the surrounding area to locate any evidence that may be helpful such as surveillance footage. Preliminary information suggests that the suspect is described as follows: a black male with a slight build, wearing all black clothing and a black knit cap. Boston Police will increase patrols to the area and are working closely with the BHA police on security measures. Officers from the CrimeStoppers Unit are distributing ‘Text-A-Tip’ brochures throughout the neighborhood. On April 20, 2008 an 86-year-old male was assaulted and robbed at Braeburn Road in Hyde Park. The victim stated that as he was walking home from Cleary Square, where he noticed the suspect was following him. The suspect approached the victim and struck him with a blunt object. The suspect then reached into the victim’s pocket and stole a small amount of cash. The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20’s and was last seen wearing a ¾ length black leather jacket and green pants. Police are investigating the possibility of a connection between these two incidents. We urge anyone who may have seen something, heard something, or may know anything about either of these incidents to contact District E-18 detectives at (617) 343-5607 or Sexual Assault detectives at (617) 343-4400. For those wishing to remain anonymous, please call our CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-494-TIPS or text ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).