Community Alert: BPD Investigating Sexual Assault in the Area of Dorchester Avenue and Harbor View Street, Dorchester

 

At about 11:00 PM on Sunday, September 27, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a sexual assault in the area of Dorchester Avenue and Harbor View Street, Dorchester.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that a suspect robbed her at knife point then sexually assaulted her. The suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s with a medium build, short black curly hair, and a small amount of facial hair. The suspect was wearing dark clothing and may have fled on foot in the direction of Sydney Street.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents.  Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives directly at (617) 343-4400.

Community members wishing to assist these investigations 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.