At about 2:30am, on Saturday, July 4, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for an assault and battery in the area of Colburn Street and Huntington Ave. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that she was walking home alone wearing headphones when an unknown suspect approached her from behind, knocked her to the ground and attempted to drag her behind a building. The victim broke free and called police. The victim describes the suspect as either a light-skinned Hispanic or Middle Eastern male in his twenties, about 5'9" - 5'11" in height, thin build, dark short hair, wearing a black short sleeve shirt, dark navy jeans and black wire rim glasses.
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District B-2 Detectives at (617) 343-6676.
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 all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.
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 ever observant of all 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.”