Today around 5:20PM, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit with assistance of the Massachusetts State Police and the New Bedford Police Department arrested suspect, Venard Shepard, 21 of Roxbury in New Bedford. The suspect was transported back to Boston on outstanding warrants and charged with Assault with Intent to Rape, Aggravated Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault and Battery.
At about 4:00pm, on Friday November 26, 2010, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for an attempted sexual assault at 621 Huntington Ave (Mass College of Art). On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that she was inside a campus building when an African-American male, between 25-35 years old, weighing approximately 250 lbs, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans and sneakers approached her from behind, assaulted her physically and attempted a sexual assault. A struggle ensued and the suspect fled.
An intense investigation ensued following the incident leading detectives to focus on the suspect and identify him leading to his eventual arrest.
The suspect will be arraigned on the outstanding warrants tomorrow, Friday, December 10, 2010 at Roxbury District Court.