Community Alert: Police Seek Information in Afternoon Attempted Abduction

At about, 1:30pm, on Thursday, September 19, 2013 officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call to assist a citizen at Transit Police Headquarters, 240 Southampton Street, Boston. 

On arrival, officers spoke with the female victim who stated a light skinned, Hispanic male, clean shaven, wearing a white t-shirt attempted to abduct her at the intersection of Southampton and Atkinson Streets. 

The victim stated she was walking on Southampton   Street, when a small white vehicle (possibly a van) with a missing passenger seat, stopped next to her. At that point, according to the victim, the operator reached over to the passenger side and asked her if she needed a ride. The victim told the suspect she was all set. The victim stated to officers, the suspect insisted she take the ride, lunged over and grabbed the victim by the head/neck and attempted to pull her inside the vehicle. The victim stated that she struggled and threw a cup of soda in the suspect’s face. The suspect then threw dirt , that was inside the vehicle, in the victim’s face.  The suspect fled the area.  The victim declined medical attention.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District C-6 (South Boston) detectives at 617-343-4742.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS (8477) 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.

 TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY:

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 anytime 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.