Community Alert: Police Seeking Public's Help in Search of Suspect in Indecent Assault & Battery Incidents in the Back Bay

 

Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is investigating reports of 4 indecent assault and battery incidents occurring in and around the Back Bay area.  In each case the suspect is generally described as a white male, 20-30 years of age, 5'7"-5'10", 175 lbs and wearing a tan construction type jacket.  

 The circumstances surrounding the incidents are as follows:

  1.  At about 10:24 PM on Tuesday September, 24 2013, the victim reported she was walking on Dartmouth Street when the suspect described as a white male, 5'9, in his early 40's, wearing a tan jacket with the hood up and carrying a plastic Dunkin Donuts bag, followed her. She further stated she could hear the suspect saying things but she pretended not to listen. She stated the suspect came from behind indecently touched her and fled on foot.
  2.  At about 10:13 PM on Tuesday, September, 24, 2013, the female victim stated she was walking on Dartmouth Street approaching Beacon Street when she saw the suspect described as a white male in his 20's with short blond hair, 5'5, wearing a camel colored jacket, blue jeans and carrying a plastic bag standing on the opposite corner.  She stated as she was crossing the street the suspect stated "Do you know what time it is"? she replied,  "It's ten o'clock". The victim further stated that the suspect then began walking closer to her, indecently assaulted her and fled
  3.  At about 12:42 AM on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, the female victim stated while walking in the area of 150 block Newbury Street a white male in his 30's, with scruffy blonde hair, 5' 10", wearing a tan jacket came up behind her and indecently assaulted her before he fled on foot.
  4.  At about 6:55 AM on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, a female victim stated she was walking her dog in the area of 290 block of Commonwealth Ave when she observed a white male with blonde hair about 5'7" to 5'9", 20-30 years old,  175lbs,  wearing a tan construction jacket, blue hoody (possibly a red sox hoody) on a bench. The suspect started to yell at her "Hey Hey". At which time the victim stated "I don't have any money".  The suspect jumped up and indecently assaulted the victim. When the victim started to scream the suspect punched her in the head. The suspect then fled on foot towards Mass Avenue. Victim refused medical attention at that time.

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