Boston Police Arrest Suspect for Sexual Assault & Armed Robbery in East Boston

Boston Police Arrest Suspect for Sexual Assault & Armed Robbery in East Boston: At about 1:44am, on Saturday, November 22, 2014, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for an armed robbery and sexual assault in the Eagle Hill area of East Boston.  On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that she was walking home from work and had just arrived at her home when a male suspect approached her from behind, pushed her into her front hallway, showed a knife and demanded money. According to the victim, after getting a small amount of money, the suspect sexually assaulted her before fleeing the area on foot in an unknown direction.  The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’0” to 5’2” tall, wearing a red sweatshirt with a beige scarf. Officers promptly broadcast a description of the suspect over the police radio and, in short time, located and stopped a male fitting the description of the suspect. After being positively identified by the victim, the suspect was taken into custody. A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to locate a knife believed to have been used in the crime.

Officers arrested Eduardo Selvan Hernandez-Ortiz, 20, of East Boston and charged him with Armed Robbery, Indecent Assault & Battery, Assault with Intent to Rape and Open & Gross Lewdness. The suspect is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court on Monday (November 24, 2014). 

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit continues to actively review and investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident as well as others in the area and believe the suspect in this incident may have been involved in a similar incident on November 1, 2014 in which a female victim was robbed and sexually assaulted while walking home from work in the area of Border Street in East Boston. Anyone with any information about either of these incidents is asked to call Boston Police Sexual Assault 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.