On December 10, 2014 at approximately 7:38pm, a woman walking near Norfolk and Hosmer Streets was approached from behind by a male who brandished a knife. The suspect attempted to force the victim down an alley when a struggle ensued. The victim was able to wrestle the knife from her attacker and scream which caused the suspect to flee. The suspect ran down Hosmer Street turning right on to Norfolk Street in the direction of Mattapan Square.
The suspect is described as black, non Hispanic male, 18-22 years old, approximately 5’ 7” tall, slim build, wearing a black Northface jacket with a hood over his face.
Anyone with information relative to the above incident is asked to call detectives 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.