Boston Police are investigating two incidents of attacks on women in the Mission Street area of Boston. These sexual assaults have similarities and maybe connected. Both victims were approached from behind and assaulted with a knife.
At about 2:00am on Saturday, June 15, 2013, officers from B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call of a person stabbed in the area of Vancouver Street and Huntington Avenue. Upon arrival officers spoke with a young female victim who stated she was walking home and was attacked from behind. The victim told officers the suspect jumped out of the bushes, grabbed her and attempted to sexually assault her. The female victim was stabbed in the leg, but was able to escape. Her injuries are non-life threatening. The suspect is described as a white male, in his 20's, blonde or brownish hair, 6’ feet, wearing a blue plaid shirt and khaki shorts.
Less than an hour later at approximately, 2:51am officers from B-2 (Roxbury) responded to another call of a person stabbed in the area of Huntington Avenue and Parker Hill Street. Upon arrival officers spoke with a young female victim who reported she was grabbed from behind and knocked to the ground, by an unknown suspect. The victim was stabbed in the hand, but able to escape. Her injuries are non-life threatening. The suspect is described as a white male, in his early 20's, brownish wavy hair, 5’7-6 feet, wearing a white or grey hoodie and blue jeans.
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District 2 (Roxbury) detectives at 617-343-4275 or Sexual Assault Unit 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.
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.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual assault and is in need of helpful resources please contact: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 24 hour hotline @ 1 (800) 841-8371.