Community Alert: BPD Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Individuals Wanted in Connection to Two Separate Sexual Assaults Involving Rideshare Services

Community Alert: BPD Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Individuals Wanted in Connection to Two Separate Sexual Assaults Involving Rideshare Services: BPD is issuing a community alert seeking the public’s help in an effort to identify and locate individuals wanted in connection to two separate sexual assaults allegedly involving rideshare services in Boston. At present, detectives are still trying to determine if the drivers in question were affiliated with the rideshare services summoned. Preliminary info indicates the victims may have inadvertently entered vehicles not affiliated with legitimate rideshare services in Boston. The facts and circumstances are as follows:   

INCIDENT #1: At about 3:03am, on Sunday, March 20, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a sexual assault in the Mission Hill area of Roxbury. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated she had arranged for a rideshare service to pick her up in the area of 2 Center Plaza in Boston. The victim entered a small black SUV believing it was the car she had called. Once inside the car, the operator stated that he would drive her home but she was required to sit up front. During the course of the ride, the victim states that the suspect sexually assaulted her. 

INCIDENT #2: At about 2:59am, on Sunday, March 20, 2016, officers from District D-4 (South End) received a report relative to an indecent assault in the area of Landsdowne Street. According to the victim, she had arranged for a rideshare service to pick her up in the area of 15 Landsdowne Street. Victim states she entered a car she believed to be the rideshare service she called. Upon getting into the car, the driver stated that he was not her driver but he would drive her anywhere she needed to go. According to the victim, the driver asked the victim to sit up front. During the course of the ride, the victim states that the suspect indecently assaulted her. The victim describes the suspect as a black male in his late twenties to early thirties, short hair, clean cut, thin build, wearing a black sweater and khaki pants. Victim further states that the suspect spoke with an accent.   

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with any information relative to either incident is strongly urged to contact detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault 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 all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

SAFETY TIPS WHEN USING A RIDESHARE SERVICE:

  • Always look before you leap. Never jump into or enter a car without first confirming it’s the car you called.
  • Rideshare services always send a confirmation text to riders with a photo of their driver, the license plate number of their vehicle and a description of the vehicle so you know who and what to look for.
  • If you see a car you believe to be the one you called, check the plate number, the car’s make and model and the driver's identity before entering the car. If they don’t match, don’t enter the vehicle.
  • Riders should never get into a rideshare car they didn’t order. Nor should they get into a rideshare car if any of the information they received in the confirmation text does not match up.
  • At no time should a driver instruct a passenger to sit up front unless transportation of a larger group dictates such. If you’re travelling solo and a driver insists that you sit up front, trust your instincts and do not enter the vehicle.