BPD Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Individual Wanted in Connection to a Sexual Assault in Brighton: At about 3:45am, on Saturday, September 24, 2016, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to take a report from a victim stating that she had been sexually assaulted earlier in the evening. Investigators believe, sometime after 12:30am, the victim left the Tavern-in-the-Square restaurant/bar located at 161 Brighton Ave and entered what she thought to be a rideshare service vehicle believed to be a dark-colored sedan. During the course of the ride, the victim states that she was sexually assaulted by a passenger in the car who she described as a black male, in his early twenties, short hair, slim build, about 6’0” tall wearing a long sleeve flannel shirt.
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 wanting 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 help this investigation anonymously.
If you’re 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 or representative, the Boston Police Department encourages you to call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1 (800) 841-8371. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. To learn more about BARCC, please click on the enclosed link: www.barcc.org
SAFETY TIPS WHEN USING A RIDESHARE SERVICE:
- Always look before you leap. Never enter a car without first confirming it’s yours.
- Rideshare services always send a confirmation text to riders with a photo of their driver, the license plate number and description of the car so customers know who and what to look for.
- If you see a car you believe to be the one you called, again, check the plate number, the car’s make, model and the driver's identity before entering. If they don’t match, don’t enter.
- 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 alone and a driver insists that you sit up front, trust your instincts and do not enter the vehicle.
- And, always remember to call 9-1-1 if you need help or sense something’s wrong.