Community Alert: Boston Police Investigate Indecent Assaults in Dorchester

Boston Police detectives are actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding two recent incidents in the area of the Ashmont MBTA station in Dorchester.

* About 7:10 AM on Monday, 07/29/2013, officers responded to a radio call for an Indecent Assault and Battery in the area of Ashmont Station in Dorchester (Area C-11). Upon arrival, officers conducted an immediate search for the suspect in the area to no avail. Officers spoke with the victim who reported that around 7:00 AM she was jogging north on Dorchester Avenue in the area of the Ashmont MBTA Station, when she observed a male suspect walking toward her. The victim further stated that as she passed the suspect, he nudged her with his elbow, and subsequently grabbed and squeezed her buttocks. The victim reported she continued to run north on Dorchester Avenue, and the suspect changed direction and began casually walking north toward Ashmont Station. The victim described the suspect as a light-skinned black or Hispanic male in his twenties or thirties, with a thick build, 5’9″ – 5’10″ tall, with brown or black shortly cut hair, wearing an over-sized white T-shirt and black pants, with white ear-bud type headphones in his ears.

* About 12:26am on the morning of Friday July 26, 2013, officers responded to a radio call for an assault and battery in progress at the intersection of Ashmont and Burt Streets, Dorchester (Area C-11). Officers located the victim who stated she was walking from Ashmont Station when she was approached by a black male, possibly Jamaican due to his accent, about 5’5″, mid 20′s, having a do-rag, and wearing all black. The victim further stated the suspect attempted to have a conversation with her and was trying to flirt with her. The victim began to feel uncomfortable when the male grabbed her from behind placing his hand around her head and attempted to retrieve her cell phone. The victim was then pushed and sustained a scratch to her forehead and next to her right eye. The victim stated when the suspect placed his hand around her head she bit his thumb. The victim also stated the male groped her buttocks and then fled down Burt Street towards Washington Street. A search of the area yielded unsuccessful results.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District 11 (Dorchester) detectives at 617-343-4335 or the Sexual Assault Unit at 617-343-4400.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers 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 wishing to remain anonymous.

Boston Police encourage citizens to contact 911 if they observe any suspicious persons in the area.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual assault and is in need of helpful resources please contact: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 24 hour hotline at 1 (800) 841-8371

Personal Safety Tips:

• 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.