Community Alert: BPD Investigating Sexual Assault in the Area of Columbia Road and Annabel Street, Dorchester


At about 6:45 AM on Friday, January 1, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) and District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a female down in the road in the area of 653 Columbia Road.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a 29-year-old female victim who reported a male had grabbed her from behind, stated he had a weapon, and then sexually assaulted her in the area of Annabel Street. The suspect is described as a black male (possibly Cape Verdean), approximately 25 years old, 5’7”-5’11” with a thin build and a goatee. The suspect may have been wearing black pants and a black jacket with a pink shirt underneath. The suspect fled the area in an unknown direction.

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.