Boston Police detectives are investigating three incidents of indecent assault that occurred in the past seven months in the areas of Geneva Ave (Dorchester), Downer Ave (Dorchester), and Lambert Street (Roxbury). In each incident, the suspect approached the victim, spoke to her, and indecently touched the victim. In all three cases, the victims have reported “oddities” in the suspect’s voice and tone when he spoke to them, possibly indicative of a mental illness. The suspect is described as a possibly Hispanic male with light complexion, 15 to 18 years old, about 5’5” to 5’7” in height with a thin build, and wearing a black hoodie or sweatshirt. Detectives have identified similarities in the incidents and believe they may be seeking the same suspect for all three incidents.
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 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. BARCC provides free and confidential counseling, case management, legal, and medical advocacy services to survivors in the greater Boston area. 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 when possible try to 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 ever happen to me.”