Community Alert: Boston Police Investigating a Report of an Indecent Assault in the area of Tileston & Wiggin Streets

 

Boston Police are seeking the public’s help in an effort to ascertain the identity of the individual wanted in connection to the enclosed incident:

At about 2:45am, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a female victim stating that she had been indecently assaulted in the area of Tileston & Wiggin Streets.  According to the victim, she was walking home when she noticed an unknown individual (described as a Hispanic male in his early thirties, approximately 5'7” to 5’9” tall, stocky build, with black spiked hair, wearing a white zip-up jacket, blue jeans and camouflage boots) walking behind her. When the victim turned to acknowledge the suspect, a brief conversation ensued before the suspect grabbed the victim in an indecent manner and then ran off. According the victim, the suspect spoke with what she believes to be a Hispanic accent. Officers conducted a search of the area for the suspect but were unsuccessful in their efforts to locate him.

Anyone with information relative to the above incidents is asked to call detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers Tip Line 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.

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.
  • Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.
  • 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.
  • Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal residents that you need assistance. Yelling words like: “Fire!” “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are other 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.
  • Call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on the 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 and know that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never 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.