At 2:25am on Sunday, August 10, 2014, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for an indecent assault in the area of W. 2nd Street between D and E Streets in South Boston.
On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that she was walking home alone when an unidentified male suspect grabbed and groped her from behind. The victim described the suspect as a male of unknown ethnicity but had a medium brown complexion, approximately 5'8"-5’10” tall, muscular build with facial hair described as scruffy. The suspect was wearing a black or dark blue sleeveless hooded sweatshirt which he wore with the hood up. After being startled by a witness, the suspect fled the area on a black mountain bike.
The Boston Police Sexual Unit is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.
In light of the recent incident, we'd like to remind city residents of steps you can take to enhance 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.
· Wear sneakers if possible for extra mobility.
· Be watchful of who is out there and what is going on. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles. Do not become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
· Avoid walking alone late at night. Attempt to walk with people that you are familiar with.
· Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal to residents that you need assistance. Yelling ‘Fire!” “Help!” and/or “”Rape!” as you are being assaulted also signals people to assist you.
· Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
· Carry a cell phone with you.