Community Alert: BPD Seek Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Persons of Interest in Two Separate Indecent Assaults in Brighton

Incident #1: At about 6:05am, on Saturday, August 15, 2015, the individual pictured (described as a Hispanic male, approximately 25-35 years of age, wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and a black backpack) approached a female victim from behind in the area of Harvard Street and Brighton Ave and indecently assaulted her. The victim chased the suspect who was last seen fleeing the area in the direction of Commonwealth Ave.  

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives directly 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.

Incident #2: At about 3:00pm, on Monday, August 31, 2015, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) spoke to a victim who entered the district station to report that she had been indecently assaulted in the area of Brighton Ave and Park Vale Ave at approximately 3:00am, on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Officers spoke to the victim who stated that a male suspect (described as a Hispanic male, medium build, wearing a white t-shirt and a tan-colored hat) approached her and indecently assaulted her. The victim further states that she fought off the suspect who was last seen running outbound along Brighton Ave.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives directly 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.

***NOTE: At present, the BPD has no information – other than the proximity of the incidents - to indicate that the assaults are connected.

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.