Community Alert: Police Seeking Public's Help in Search of Suspect after Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child in East Boston

At approximately 6:46pm, officers responded to a report of an indecent assault and battery near Waldemar   Avenue in East Boston (Area A-7).  The suspect is described as a light skinned Hispanic male in his mid 30’s, approximately 5'5" to 5'7" tall with a chubby build wearing a white shirt with Boston written in red on the front, dark blue jean shorts (3/4 length), and a blue hat.  The suspect was observed in the area for a while prior to the assault and ran away after the assault.

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

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 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.