Boston Police Seek Public’s Help to Identify Suspect In Indecent Assault and Battery in South Boston

The Boston Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect wanted for an indecent assault and battery in South Boston. At about 12:45am, Monday, October 14, 2013, officers responded to a call for an indecent assault and battery in the area of Athens and Dorchester Streets in South Boston.

The victim reported she was approached by the suspect from behind and indecently assaulted.  The suspect who fled in an unknown direction, is described as a male, 5’11″ in height, heavy build, large stomach, and was wearing a t-shirt.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sexual Assault Unit at 617-343-4400.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those wishing to remain anonymous.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual assault and is in need of helpful resources or someone to talk to, please contact the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 24 hour hotline at 1 (800) 841-8371.

Women walking alone in the area should observe the following safety tips:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings especially at night. When parking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.
  • Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.
  • Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of all passing vehicles.
  • Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
  • Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.
  • Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal for help.
  • Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are all ways of getting attention and getting help.
  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
  • Call ahead to your destination to let them know that you’re on the way. Be sure they know when to expect you so, in the event you fail to show up, they’ll know to begin looking for you.
  • Trust your instincts and realize this: anyone can be a victim of crime. Don’t ever assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
  • If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
  • If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant or residence.