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.”