At about 8:30am, on Monday, July 27, 2015, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) received a call from a female victim stating that she had been indecently assaulted while walking in the area of East Boston Greenway and Sumner Street. According to the victim, the suspect approached her from behind and indecently assaulted her and then fled on foot. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male believed to be in his early twenties, approximately 5’6” to 5’8” tall, thin build, clean cut, short dark hair, wearing a plain gray t-shirt, black running pants and black sneakers.
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Sexual Unit at (617) 343-4400.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the 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 who wish to help this investigation anonymously.
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.
- Avoid walking alone late at night. When possible, walk with friends and people you know.
- 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.
- Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use it to signal residents that you need help. Yelling words like: “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are other effective ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need assistance.
- Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
- Before going out, call ahead to let friends or family know you’re on the way. Designate a time you expect to arrive, so that in the event you fail to show up on time, 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 that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never 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.
- Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.