Community Alert: BPD Seek Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Individual Wanted in Connection to Two Indecent Assaults in Dorchester: The BPD is seeking the public’s help and assistance in effort to identify an individual wanted in connection to two indecent assaults in Dorchester. In both cases, the victims provide a similar suspect description reporting that they were inappropriately groped by an individual described as a black male in his mid-twenties with a medium build, approximately 5’8” to 5’10” tall, wearing a black hoodie, black sweat pants and red & white sneakers.
The facts and circumstances in both incidents are as follows:
INCIDENT #1: At about 8:01am, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, officers were dispatched to meet with a victim who stated that she had been indecently assaulted earlier in the morning, at about 6:15am, while walking to work in the area of Columbia Road and Richfield Street in Dorchester. According to the victim, she was walking in that area when an unknown black male approached her from behind, groped her, and then took off running along Richfield Street towards Olney Street.
INCIDENT #2: Approximately 15 minutes later, at about 6:30am, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, officers were dispatched to meet with a victim who stated that she had been indecently assaulted in the area of Richfield Street and Columbia Road in Dorchester. Officers spoke to the victim who stated that she was walking to catch the bus when an unknown black male ran up to her and indecently assaulted her. The suspect then fled along Richfield Street in the direction of Olney Street.
The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding both incidents. 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.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault that has or has not been reported to police and would feel more comfortable seeking confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency, the Boston Police Department encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. Founded in 1973, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is the only rape crisis center in the Greater Boston area and the oldest and largest center in Massachusetts. To learn more, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org
TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY: The BPD encourages individuals to review the following safety tips with the understanding that, while these tips are designed to decrease and diminish the likelihood of an attack, no victim is ever to blame for the actions of an attacker.
· Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and avoid poorly lit or isolated areas.
· When possible, walk with friends and people you know especially late at night.
· Avoid the distractions created when talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device. Avoid wearing ear buds or headphones in both ears.
· If you believe someone is following you, change direction, cross the street, seek a populated location and call 911.
· Remember descriptive information about the person following you to report to the police.
· If confronted, believe in your ability to fight back and defend yourself. Creating distance and yelling words like: “fire”, “help” or “rape” are smart ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
· Keep your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon to ward off an attack.
· Trust your instincts and understand that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “It won’t happen to me.”