COMMUNITY ALERT: Boston Police Investigate the Report of an Alleged Sexual Assault in the Area of Columbia Road and Holden Street in Dorchester

 

On Thursday September, 25, 2014, a female victim reported to Boston Police, she was in the area of Columbia Road and Holden Street in Dorchester at about 7:50 am, when she was approached by a male who forced her into the rear of an adjacent property and sexually assaulted her.

The female victim described the suspect as a black male with a light complexion, approximately 6' 0" tall, thin build, a slight beard, and 25-29 years old. The suspect was last seen wearing a brown hat, green hooded sweatshirt with English script style lettering, dark colored jeans, and newer Timberland 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.

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.
  • 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 you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal residents that you need assistance. Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are other ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
  •  Carry a cell phone.
  • Call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on your way. Make sure they expect you at a certain time, so that in the event you fail to show up, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.
  • Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Know this: anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Don’t 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.
  • If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant, or residence.