Police Seeking Public's Assistance in Identifying the Driver of a Vehicle Used in an Attempted Abduction

Boston Police detectives are actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding a recent incident in the area of Dudley and Shirley Streets in Roxbury.

At about 7:37 AM, Thursday, October 31, 2013 officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for an Attempted Abduction at the Timilty Middle School.

The 12 year old victim told officers she was walking to school at Dudley and Shirley Streets when she was kidnapped at knife point by a male claiming to be "Kevin" or "Calvin".  The suspect is described as a dark skinned black male in his 20s, possibly with braided hair under his hat, thin build, wearing a grey sweatshirt, blue jeans, with a bluish black baseball cap.  He was driving a silver Volvo sedan with a large laundry basket in the back seat, surveillance cameras in the area captured the vehicle seen here. The victims told officers she jumped out of the car on Dudley St in the area of Dearborn St and ran to school at the Timilty Middle School. She was not harmed.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District  B-2 (Roxbury) detectives at 617-343-4275.

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.

Boston Police encourage citizens to contact 911 if they observe any suspicious persons in the area. 

Personal Safety Tips:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night.
  • When parking, walking 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 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 residents that you need assistance.
  • Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on your way. Make sure they expect you at a certain time, so that in the event you fail to show up, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.
  • Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Know this: anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Don’t 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.