COMMUNITY ALERT: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in an effort to identify two individuals wanted in connection to a sexual assault in Brighton. Between the hours of 2:45 AM and 3:15 AM on Friday, September 14, 2018, an adult female victim was approached by two male suspects, one armed with a knife, in the area of Commonwealth Avenue and Linden Street in Brighton. The suspects forced the victim into a nearby alley in the area of Reedsdale and Linden Streets at which time both suspects sexually assaulted the victim before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction.
Suspect #1 is described as a white-Hispanic male, about 5’5” in height, 180lbs., approximately 23-25 years of age, with a medium build, closely trimmed beard, an earring in one ear (possibly a stud), wearing a short-sleeved shirt while armed with a knife.
Suspect #2 is described as a white-Hispanic male, about 5’6” to 5’8” in height, 190lbs., approximately 23-25 years of age, with a broad build, clean shaven, wearing a blue Red Sox hat with a red letter ‘B’, red short-sleeved shirt and dark shorts. The two suspects spoke both English and Spanish.
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 these suspects 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.”