Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to ID Suspect Wanted for Attempted Sexual Assault in the South End

 
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COMMUNITY ALERT: At about 12:28 PM, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for an attempted sexual assault in the area of East Canton and Albany Streets in the South End. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that a male suspect approached and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim further states that she was able to fend off the suspect. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early twenties, about 5’6” to 5’8” tall, with a medium build. Suspect was wearing a blue 3/4 length jacket with while lettering on the back, a shirt with the number 24 displayed on the front, blue jeans, black shoes and a baseball cap. The suspect was last seen fleeing the area on foot through a nearby alleyway.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is encouraging anyone with information about the suspect to come forward and contact the Boston Police 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.

If you’re a victim of a sexual assault that either 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.

 

Boston Police Arrest Everett Man Wanted in Connection to Sexual Assault in Dorchester

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, members of the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit arrested Michael Squadrito, 40, of Everett for Rape. Squadrito’s arrest stems from an incident that occurred early on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  In the incident, the female victim was using a ride sharing service returning home from downtown Boston.  The driver of the service drove to a location in Dorchester where he sexually assaulted the victim.

Michael Squadrito will be arraigned today in the Dorchester District Court.  

In the interim, the men and women of the BPD continue to remind and urge anyone who has been a victim of a sexual assault and is in need of helpful resources to please contact the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 24-hour hotline at 1-800-841-8371.

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY:

• Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. When parking, walking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.
• Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.
• Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles. Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
• Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.
• Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal residents that you need assistance. Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
• Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
• Carry a cell phone.
• Call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on your way. Make sure they expect you at a certain time, so that in the event you fail to show up, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.
• Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Know this: anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Don’t assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
• If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
• If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant or residence.


Community Alert: Boston Police Detectives Seeking the Public’s Assistance in Identifying a Suspect in Relation to a Sexual Assault in the South End.

COMMUNITY ALERT: At about 6:46 PM, on Saturday, November 3, 2018 Officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a report of a sexual assault, at an inside common hallway of a premise, in the area of Hammond Street in the South End.

On arrival officers located and spoke with a female juvenile victim.  Detectives are seeking to identity a suspect described as a white Hispanic male in his 20’s, about 5’7”, slim build, wearing a grey sweat suit in connection with the reported sexual assault of a child.

Detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit have released the accompanying photos of the suspect in relation to this incident and request the public’s help in identifying the individual pictured.

Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Sexual Assault detectives at 617-343-4400 Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously may call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS.  You may also text the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).  The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.

BPD Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help to Identify Two Suspects Wanted in Connection to a Sexual Assault in Brighton

 

COMMUNITY ALERT: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in an effort to identify two individuals wanted in connection to a sexual assault in Brighton. Between the hours of 2:45 AM and 3:15 AM on Friday, September 14, 2018, an adult female victim was approached by two male suspects, one armed with a knife, in the area of Commonwealth Avenue and Linden Street in Brighton. The suspects forced the victim into a nearby alley in the area of Reedsdale and Linden Streets at which time both suspects sexually assaulted the victim before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction.

Suspect #1 is described as a white-Hispanic male, about 5’5” in height, 180lbs., approximately 23-25 years of age, with a medium build, closely trimmed beard, an earring in one ear (possibly a stud), wearing a short-sleeved shirt while armed with a knife.

Suspect #2 is described as a white-Hispanic male, about 5’6” to 5’8” in height, 190lbs., approximately 23-25 years of age, with a broad build, clean shaven, wearing a blue Red Sox hat with a red letter ‘B’, red short-sleeved shirt and dark shorts. The two suspects spoke both English and Spanish.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is encouraging anyone who may have been victimized by these suspects to come forward and contact the Boston Police 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. 

If you’re a victim of a sexual assault that either 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.

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, always 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.”

BPD Sexual Assault Unit Investigators Apprehend Suspect Wanted in Connection to Two Separate Rapes in Boston

BPD Sexual Assault Unit Investigators Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Two Separate Rapes in Boston: Today, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, detectives assigned to the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit, members of the BPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Team along with the assistance of both Peabody and Swampscott Police located and arrested Joseph Losano, 51, of Swampscott and charged him with 2 counts of Rape involving two different victims in two separate cases. Losano is scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The suspect is accused of taking victims into his vehicle and later sexually assaulting them at gunpoint.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is encouraging anyone who may have been victimized by this suspect to come forward and contact the Boston Police 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. 

If you’re a victim of a sexual assault that either 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.

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, always 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.”

BPD Officers Arrest Ride-share Operator in Connection to Sexual Assault in the South End

 

BPD Officers Arrest Rideshare Operator in Connection to Sexual Assault in the South End: At about 1:03 AM on Sunday, March 18, 2018, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a sexual assault in the area of Hemenway Street in Boston. On arrival, officers spoke to Northeastern University police officers who had stopped an individual who identified himself as a ride-share operator and had been tasked with transporting a female passenger to her home. Observations made by the officers on the scene led them to believe that the female passenger, not only appeared to be in distress, but may have been the victim of a sexual assault. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Follow-up investigation by the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit enabled detectives to arrest and charge the operator. Officers arrested Ranjan Thapa, 26, of Everett and charged him with Rape. Thapa is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Monday, March 19, 2018 in Roxbury District Court.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit continues to review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information relative to this investigation is asked 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. 

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 advises and 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.

Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Person of Interest in Connection to a Breaking and Entering and Indecent Assault in area of Hemenway Street and Westland Avenue

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is releasing the above video of a person of interest wanted for questioning relative to an indecent assault which occurred in the area of Hemenway Street and Westland Avenue. Anyone with any information relative to the individual’s identity is asked to call police.

At about 6:00 AM on Saturday, February 24, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a breaking and entering in the area of Hemenway Street and Westland Avenue. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that a male suspect entered her apartment and indecently assaulted her. According to the victim, she immediately screamed and scared the suspect off. Suspect is described as a black male with short hair, dark-colored shirt, light-colored pants and sneakers. A search of the area for the suspect proved unsuccessful.    

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information relative to the identity of the individual pictured 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. 

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 advises and 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.

Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to ID Person of Interest Wanted for Questioning in Connection to a Breaking & Entering and Indecent Assault in area of Hemenway St and Westland Ave

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Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Person of Interest Wanted for Questioning in Connection to a Breaking & Entering and Indecent Assault in area of Hemenway St and Westland Ave

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is releasing an image of a person of interest wanted for questioning relative to an indecent assault which occurred earlier today in the area of Hemenway St and Westland Ave. Anyone with any information relative to the individual’s identity is asked to call police.

At about 6:00am on Saturday, February 24, 2018, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a breaking and entering in the area of Hemenway Street and Westland Ave. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that a male suspect entered her apartment and indecently assaulted her. According to the victim, she immediately screamed and scared the suspect off. Suspect is described as a black male with short hair, dark-colored shirt, light-colored pants and sneakers. A search of the area for the suspect proved unsuccessful.    

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information relative to the identity of the individual pictured 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. 

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 advises and 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.

Community Alert: Boston Police Investigating Indecent Assault and Battery in the Area of Thorndike Street, South End

The Boston Police Department is investigating an indecent assault and battery that occurred at about 9:15 AM on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in the area of Thorndike Street in District D-4 (South End). The female victim reported that she was entering a building in the area when the suspect wrapped his arms around her and indecently assaulted her. The suspect was described as a young, light-skinned male with a thin build, who at the time of the incident was wearing a yellow shirt (possibly with a logo or writing on the chest), dark colored pants or jeans, a dark colored hoody that may have a red interior liner, dark colored sneakers with white mid-soles and possible red trim or accents near the ankles/laces/tongue, and carrying a red backpack or messenger bag with a black strap. The suspect also appears to “swing” out his right foot when he walks.

The Boston Police is seeking the public’s help in identifying the individual pictured in the above photos in relation to this incident. This person is NOT wanted at this time, and the images are being provided for identification purposes only.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Those with information are asked to call detectives directly at (617) 343-4400. Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the Crime Stoppers 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

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 effective 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.”

Boston Police Make Quick Arrest of Suspect in Series of Armed Robberies and Sexual Assault in Dorchester

Over the past 36 hours, members of the Boston Police Department investigated three separate armed robberies that occurred between 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in the Fields Corner/Meeting House Hill area of Dorchester. A fourth similar robbery also occurred on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM. At about 8:30 AM, a fifth incident occurred approximately half a mile away. In each incident, a female victim reported she was robbed of property by a male with a knife. In the fifth incident, the suspect robbed the victim at gunpoint and then sexually assaulted her. In all five reports, the victims gave similar descriptions of the suspect, his clothing, and behavior.

Due to the close proximity of the incidents and the similarity in the suspect descriptions, valuables targeted, and modus operandi of the suspect, detectives believed these incidents may be related. Investigators at the Boston Police Department, Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), and outside agencies worked quickly to make these connections and gather evidence in each case. Within only a few hours, detectives had identified a suspect and set up surveillance at his residence. Shortly after on Friday afternoon, officers arrested the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Jude Despage of Dorchester. Despage will be charged with several offenses including Armed Assault in a Dwelling, Kidnapping, and Armed Robbery (Knife).. 

Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, “The investigators, officers, and detectives in the Boston Police Department, as well as outside agencies, wasted little time making the connection between these incidents and the suspect responsible. Thanks to the officers involved and their coordinated effort, a dangerous predator was taken into custody in an expedient manner and our streets are safer for it."

District C-11 (Dorchester) detectives and the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit continue to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Those with information are asked to call detectives directly at C-11 (617) 343-4335 or SAU (617) 343-4400. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the Crime Stoppers 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.

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Recover Three Illegal Firearms in Three Separate Incidents

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INCIDENT #1: At about 2:20 PM on Monday, September 11, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Dudley Street and East Cottage Street in District B-2 (Roxbury), when they observed several males known to officers near Backwoods Pizza. Upon observing the officers, the males entered the pizza shop. A moment later, one of the males exited wearing his hood over his head in 79-degree weather and avoiding eye contact with the officers. Officers maintained surveillance and after a short distance, the male grabbed his waistband and quickened his pace. At this point officers attempted to stop the male. A short foot pursuit ensued, during which the male ignored officers’ commands to show his hands and stop. Officers were finally able to apprehend the male at which time a pat frisk revealed a loaded Glock 27 .40 caliber firearm in the male’s waistband. Officers arrested 25-year-old Joao Fernandes of Roxbury and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device. 

INCIDENT #2: At about 9:30 PM on September 11, 2017, members of the YVSF observed a group smoking and drinking on the sidewalk around a parked car with its driver’s side doors ajar in the area of 73 Charles Street in District C-11 (Dorchester). The officers observed a female sitting in the vehicle’s driver’s seat and a male sitting in the passenger seat behind her. Upon approach, an officer observed an item passed between the male and the female. When the officer inquired about the exchange, the female told the officer she gave him a cigarette. Not seeing a cigarette in the male’s possession, the officers conducted a pat frisk of the passenger area of the vehicle. Officers immediately located a loaded silver Jennings J-22 pistol under the driver’s seat. Officers arrested the 28-year-old year old female, identified as Gabriella Pachman of South Weymouth, and the 16-year-old juvenile male from Dorchester and charged them with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

INCIDENT #3: Earlier this morning, Tuesday, September 12, 2017, members of the Fugitive Unit located and arrested 37-year-old Maurice Berry of Dorchester, wanted by the Sexual Assault Unit on a straight warrant for Rape. During the course of the investigation, officers recovered a loaded Walther P22 firearm in the backyard of his residence. Berry was also found to be in violation of a restraining order at the time of his arrest. Berry will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.
 

BPD Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to Sexual Assault in Dorchester

 

At about 11:18 AM on Monday, July 10, 2017, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a sexual assault in the area of 11 Charles Street in Dorchester. Officers spoke with an adult female who stated that while walking on a foot path in the rear of the Cleveland Community Center she was approached from behind by a suspect who forcefully wrapped both arms around her. The victim was able to fight off the suspect and scream for help at which time neighbors in the area came to the victim’s aid and the suspect fled on foot towards Adams Street. The suspect is described as a white male in his late twenties or early thirties, 5’6”-5’9” tall, wearing a black hoodie with a red inner lining of the hood and red lines near the cuff area of the sleeves, blue jeans and white sneakers.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Those with information are asked to call detectives directly at (617) 343-4400. Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the Crime Stoppers 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’ve been 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.

BPD Community Alert: BPD Seek Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to Sexual Assault in Roxbury

 

Detectives assigned to the BPD’s Sexual Assault Unit are asking for the public’s help in their efforts to identify the individual responsible for a sexual assault which occurred last night in Roxbury. At about 9:48 PM on Saturday, July 8, 2017, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to an area hospital to meet with a victim of a sexual assault. According to the victim, who is visually impaired, she was walking with a white cane in the area of Columbus Ave between Centre and Cedar Streets at about 8:30 PM when a male suspect approached, walked her to an unknown location, believed to be in the area of Terrace and Cedar Streets, and sexually assaulted her. Anyone who saw the victim, who is described as a white female in her mid-thirties, in the company of a male individual in this general area is asked to contact investigators.  

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Those with information are 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’ve been 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.

Community Alert: Boston Police Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Suspect in Series of Indecent Assaults in Dorchester and Roxbury

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.”
     

Community Alert: BPD Investigating Indecent Assault & Battery in the area of Beach Glen Street and Fort Avenue in Roxbury

 

At about 4:40 PM on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for an indecent assault in the area of Beech Glen Street and Fort Avenue in Roxbury. An adult female victim stated that she was indecently assaulted by an unidentified black male in his mid-twenties, approximately 5’11”, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and black knit hat. The suspect fled the area on foot, running down Beech Glen Street before turning left onto Fort Avenue towards Centre Street.

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.

UPDATE: Boston Police Seek Public's Help in Identifying Individual in Relation to Recent Indecent Assault in East Boston

At about 6:30 PM on Monday, March 6, 2017, an adult female victim was in the area of Brooks Street in East Boston when she was approached by an unknown male and indecently assaulted as she was entering a building. The suspect then fled the area on foot down Brooks Street, turning left onto Condor Street. The suspect is described as a male, 18-25 years of age, standing 5’6” tall, unknown race or ethnicity, last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt and khaki pants.

Detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying the above pictured individual in relation to this incident. This individual is NOT wanted at this time, and this picture is being disseminated for identification purposes only. Anyone with any information relative to this 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.

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

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 effective 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.”

BPD Community Alert: Boston Police Investigating Recent Indecent Assault in East Boston

 

At about 6:30 PM on Monday, March 6, 2017, an adult female victim was in the area of Brooks Street in East Boston when she was approached by an unknown male and indecently assaulted as she was entering a building. The suspect then fled the area on foot down Brooks Street, turning left onto Condor Street. The suspect is described as a male, 18-25 years of age, standing 5’6” tall, unknown race or ethnicity, last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt and khaki pants.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incidents. Anyone with any information 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.

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner Evans recognizes the great work of several officers in two separate investigations

Today, Thursday, January 26, 2017, Police Commissioner Evans recognized the great work of several officers in two separate investigations. Sergeant Detective Timothy Horan and Detectives Michael Ross and Jeffrey Cecil of the Sexual Assault Unit were awarded a commendation for their investigation into several incidents of wrongdoing by a Sheriff’s Department correction officer. Sergeant John Conway of District B-2 (Roxbury) was commended for apprehending a shooting suspect after a foot chase and recovering a firearm discarded by the suspect. To these officers for their hard work and dedication, we say thank you!

BPD Community Alert: BPD Investigates Indecent Assault of Juvenile Female in Hyde Park

 

At about 7:30 AM on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for an indecent assault in the area of Glenwood Avenue and Hyde Park Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a juvenile female who reported she had been indecently assaulted near the footbridge between Truman Parkway and Glenwood Avenue. The suspect is described as a white male, 25 to 35 years old, approximately 5’7” tall with a chubby build and a mustache. The suspect was described as wearing a black North Face type jacket, black jeans, and black sneakers. The suspect fled on foot over the bridge toward Truman Highway.

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. 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.”

Investigation Update: Tips from Community Lead to Arrest in Connection to Attempted Sexual Assault in the Area of Fitzgerald Park on Mission Hill in Roxbury

Investigation Update:  Suspect in Custody in Connection to Attempted Sexual Assault in the Area of Fitzgerald Park on Mission Hill in Roxbury:  At about 1:38 PM on Saturday October 8, 2016, officers from to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for an attempted sexual assault in the area of the Kevin Fitzgerald Park on Saint Alphonsus Street on Mission Hill in Roxbury.  On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that a male suspect approached her from behind, pushed her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her before fleeing the scene.  

Earlier today, on Thursday October 13, 2016, officers assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit identified and arrested Jose Cepeda, 32, of Roxbury,  The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges Assault with Intent to Rob and Indecent Assault and Battery.

The Boston Police Department would like to thank all the members of our community who came forward with information which aided in the apprehension of this dangerous individual.