Community Alert: BPD Release Images of Individual Wanted for Questioning in Connection to Indecent Assaults in Brighton

Community Alert: BPD Release Images of Individual Wanted for Questioning in Connection to Indecent Assaults in Brighton

The Boston Police Department is asking for the public’s help in efforts to identify the individual seen in the enclosed images. The individual is wanted for questioning in connection to one, possibly two, indecent assaults in Brighton on Monday, May 4, 2015. The facts and circumstances are listed below:

INCIDENT #1: At about 5:23pm, on Monday, May 4, 2015, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for an indecent assault in the area of Brighton Ave & Chester Street. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that she was walking along Chester Street when an unknown male approached her from behind and attempted to lift up her dress. The victim states as soon as she felt the suspect attempting to lift up her dress, she quickly turned and struck him. At this point, the victim states that she chased the suspect for several yards as he fled the scene on foot running along Chester Street towards Brighton Ave. Officers promptly broadcast a description of the suspect over the police radio. However, a search of the area for the suspect proved unsuccessful.

The suspect is described as a white male in his thirties with a thin build, approximately 5’9” tall, weighing 160 – 165 lbs, wearing a blue shirt, tan cargo shorts, sneakers and sunglasses.

INCIDENT #2: At about 8:52pm, on Monday, May 4, 2015, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for an indecent assault in the area of 800 Commonwealth Ave in Brighton. Officers spoke to the victim who stated that she had been walking along Commonwealth Ave earlier in the evening when an unknown male approached her from behind, lifted up her skirt and grabbed her buttocks. Suspect then fled the area on foot outbound on Commonwealth Ave in the direction of the Agganis Arena. A search of the area for the suspect proved unsuccessful.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late thirties to early forties, slim build, thin hair balding, wearing a blue t-shirt and gray cargo shorts.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding both of these incidents. Anyone with information relative to the suspect’s identity is asked to call detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit 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. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles.

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 at all times. 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.

Carry a whistle. If threatened, use it to signal residents that you need help. Yelling words like: “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are other ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.

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 and know this: anyone at any time can be a victim of crime.

If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape. Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.

Never assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”