Community Alert: Boston Police Investigate Sexual Assault in the Area of Unity Street in the North End

 

At about 1:11am, on Saturday, February 15, 2014, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a report of a sexual assault in the area of Unity Street in the North End.

Upon arrival, detectives spoke with a female victim in her twenties who reported that while entering her front foyer, a suspect pushed his way in behind her and indecently assaulted the victim. The victim further reported the suspect then took a photo from his cell phone and fled the area towards Tileston Street. EMS treated the victim on scene for non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect is described as a white male in his twenties, medium build, short blond spiked hair, clean shaven with possible freckles on his cheeks, blue eyes, and wearing a dark colored pea coat, dark hat, jeans and Timberland-type boots.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Sexual Assault Unit 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.

  Ensuring Personal Safety:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night.
  • When parking, walking or returning to your car, travel in well-lit and populated areas.
  • Wear footwear 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 threatened, use the whistle to signal residents for help. Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are ways of drawing attention and alerting people of your situation.
  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
  • Carry a cell phone and call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on the way. Make sure you’re expected at a certain time, so in the event you fail to show up, those expecting you will know enough to begin looking for you.
  • Walk with confidence. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Anyone at anytime can be a victim of crime so never assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
  • If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to defend, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
  • If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk towards an open store, restaurant or residence.