At about 8:20 PM on Wednesday April 17, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a sexual assault at the House of Blues located at 15 Lansdowne Street in Boston. Officers arrived on scene and observed a large group of approximately 200 people waiting outside the venue. Officers entered the building where they encountered approximately 800 people inside who appeared to be growing restless while awaiting the start of the scheduled performance. After an exhaustive search, officers were able to locate the victim and escorted the party outside to a waiting ambulance for treatment and evaluation. While the officers continued to attend to the victim, the crowd both outside and inside the venue grew unruly upon learning that the headline performer of the show would not be appearing. Officers called for additional responding units to assist with crowd control and dispersal. Through their coordinated efforts, officers, supervisors and command staff members were able to restore order and clear the area after about thirty minutes. There were no reported injuries on scene.
Officers arrested, Samuel Simmons, 20, of Newton after a brief struggle after observing him push and punch members of the House of Blues security staff while attempting to regain entry through an emergency exit door. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Assault and Battery, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Trespassing.
A Licensed Premises Violation was issued to the House of Blues for both the sexual assault and the altercation involving the patron and staff member.
The investigation into the initial sexual assault is deemed classified and remains active and ongoing at this time.