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.