At about 11:00 PM on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a sexual assault report. Officers spoke to the female victim who stated that at about 11:00 AM that morning she was sexually assaulted and robbed at knife point while in the Arnold Arboretum. The suspect is described as a black male in his early twenties, 5’4” to 5’6” in height. He is further described as having a thin build, wearing a black do-rag, white t-shirt, dark colored jeans with grey. The suspect was riding a black bicycle.
The Boston Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. We urge anyone who may have seen something, heard something, or may know anything about this incident to contact District E-13 detectives at (617) 343-5628 or Sexual Assault detectives at (617) 343-4400. For those wishing to remain anonymous, please call our CrimeStoppers Tipline at 1-800-494-TIPS or text ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).
Tips for 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 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 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.