The Boston Police Department is actively exploring three separate incidents to determine if there is a connection and is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect or suspects involved.
INCIDENT #1: At about 5:30 AM on Monday October 5, 2015, a female victim was walking through the parking lot of 130 Auckland Street in Dorchester when an unidentified 25 to 30 year old Hispanic male got out of a black van and gestured for her to get in. The victim ignored the suspect and continued to walk. The suspect then blocked her path and pulled down his pants, exposing himself to the victim. The victim started yelling at the suspect and distanced herself from him. The suspect hastily jumped back into the van and fled in an unknown direction.
INCIDENT #2: At about 5:30 AM on Monday November 2, 2015, a female victim was jogging in the area of 121 Savin Hill Avenue in Dorchester when she observed an unidentified Hispanic male with wavy hair in a ponytail sitting inside a red, newer model Toyota sedan with his pants undone. After she ran past the car it began to follow her and continued to do so until she stopped a bicyclist for assistance. The suspect then fled the area in an unknown direction.
INCIDENT #3: At about 6:00 AM on Friday November 6, 2015, a female victim was walking on the sidewalk near 130 Auckland Street in Dorchester when she heard a car driving up behind her at a high rate of speed. The car, described as a red, older model, box style motor vehicle, then came to a sudden stop next to the victim and an unidentified 30 year old Hispanic male, 5’08 with a stocky build and a scruffy beard jumped out of the car and attempted to grab the victim. The victim observed that the suspect’s pant appeared to be unzipped. The victim ran away from the suspect but he chased after her and grabbed her, attempting to pull her back towards the car. The victim was able to slip out of the grasp of the suspect and fled across Dorchester Avenue where multiple people came to her aid. The suspect then fled the area on Dorchester Avenue towards Columbia Road.
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call Sexual Assault Unit (Citywide) Detectives at 617-343-4400.
Community members wishing to assist these investigations anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers 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.