Community Alert: BPD Seeking Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify Individual Wanted in Connection to a Sexual Assault in East Boston
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 2:58am, on Saturday, November 1, 2014, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) received a call from a female victim wanting to report a sexual assault. According to the victim, she was walking home along Border Street when an unknown Hispanic male approached her from behind, threatened her with a sharp object and then sexually assaulted and robbed her. According to the victim, the suspect was last seen fleeing the area on foot along Border Street in the direction of Shaw’s Supermarket located at 246 Border Street. Suspect is described as a Hispanic male, mid-to-late twenties in age, 5’5” to 5’7” in height, thin build, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with blue lettering and dark colored jeans. Victim further states that 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. The victim was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.
Anyone with information relative to the above incident 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. When possible, walk with friends and people you know.
- 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 it to signal residents that you need help. Yelling words like: “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are other effective ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need assistance.
- Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
- Before going out, call ahead to let friends or family know you’re on the way. Designate a time you expect to arrive, so that in the event you fail to show up on time, 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.
- Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.