UPDATE: BPD Investigators Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to New Year’s Day Sexual Assault in the area of Columbia Road and Annabel Street in Dorchester


Today, Friday, January 15, 2016, members of the BPD’s Sexual Assault Unit and Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested an individual wanted in connection to a sexual assault which took place on January 1, 2016.  Today, detectives arrested Ovidio Pereira, 22, of Boston and charged him with Aggravated Rape, Kidnapping and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. 

Approximately two weeks ago, at about 6:45 am, on Friday, January 1, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a female down, possibly unconscious, in the area of 653 Columbia Road. On arrival, officers spoke to the female victim who stated that she had been sexually assaulted by an individual (described as a dark-skinned black male, possibly Cape-Verdean) who approached her from behind, stated he had a weapon and then assaulted her. In the days after the incident, detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit, working closely with technicians assigned to the Boston Police Crime Lab, were able to identify the suspect with the help of DNA evidence.  

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit continues to review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information, albeit large or small, 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.