Boston Police Arrest Everett Man Wanted in Connection to Sexual Assault in Dorchester

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, members of the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit arrested Michael Squadrito, 40, of Everett for Rape. Squadrito’s arrest stems from an incident that occurred early on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  In the incident, the female victim was using a ride sharing service returning home from downtown Boston.  The driver of the service drove to a location in Dorchester where he sexually assaulted the victim.

Michael Squadrito will be arraigned today in the Dorchester District Court.  

In the interim, the men and women of the BPD continue to remind and urge anyone who has been a victim of a sexual assault and is in need of helpful resources to please contact the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 24-hour hotline at 1-800-841-8371.

TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY:

• Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. When parking, walking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.
• Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.
• Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles. Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
• Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.
• Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal residents that you need assistance. Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
• Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
• Carry a cell phone.
• Call ahead to your destination to alert them that you’re on your way. Make sure they expect you at a certain time, so that in the event you fail to show up, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.
• Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts. Know this: anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Don’t assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
• If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
• If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant or residence.


Community Alert: Boston Police Detectives Seeking the Public’s Assistance in Identifying a Suspect in Relation to a Sexual Assault in the South End.

COMMUNITY ALERT: At about 6:46 PM, on Saturday, November 3, 2018 Officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a report of a sexual assault, at an inside common hallway of a premise, in the area of Hammond Street in the South End.

On arrival officers located and spoke with a female juvenile victim.  Detectives are seeking to identity a suspect described as a white Hispanic male in his 20’s, about 5’7”, slim build, wearing a grey sweat suit in connection with the reported sexual assault of a child.

Detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit have released the accompanying photos of the suspect in relation to this incident and request the public’s help in identifying the individual pictured.

Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Sexual Assault detectives at 617-343-4400 Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously may call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS.  You may also text the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).  The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.

Community Alert: BPD Seek Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to Sexual Assault in area of State Street and Atlantic Ave on District A-1 (Downtown)

 

Community Alert: BPD Seek Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to Sexual Assault in area of State Street and Atlantic Ave:  At about 4:11am, on Monday, September 5, 2016, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a report of a sexual assault in the area of State Street and Atlantic Ave. According to the victim, she was walking through the Greenway in the direction of the Greenway Carousel when an unknown male suspect approached her and sexually assaulted her. The victim describes the suspect as either a white or white Hispanic male, believed to be in his 40’s to 50’s with scruff on his face, about 5’5” tall, thin build, wearing a dark-colored Bruins jersey and a baseball hat. Victim further states the suspect fled in an unknown direction after the assault.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information is 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’re 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

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, 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 effective 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.”

UPDATE: Boston Police Release Photo of Suspect Arrested in Connection with Armed Sexual Assaults in Mission Hill Area

On Sunday, June 16, 2013, Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit Detectives arrested Patrick Barry, 21, of Boston in connection with two armed sexual assaults on women in the Mission Hill area of Boston. 

The Boston Police Department is asking community members who may recognize the individual seen in the enclosed photos to help identify him. The individual seen in the pictures is wanted for questioning in connection to attempted sexual assaults which occurred in the Mission Hill area during the early morning hours of Saturday, June 15, 2013. The preliminary investigation indicates similarities in the two assaults and detectives are investigating the possibility that the assaults could be connected. In both incidents, victims were approached from behind and assaulted with a knife. 

Incident #1: At about 2:00am, on Saturday, June 15, 2013, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person stabbed in the area of Vancouver Street and Huntington Avenue. On arrival, officers spoke with female victim who stated that she was walking home when she was attacked from behind. According to the victim, the suspect jumped out of the bushes, grabbed her and attempted to sexually assault her but she was able to fight him off. The female sustained a non-life threatening stab wound to her leg. The suspect is described as a white male in his twenties, blonde or brownish hair, 6’0” in height, wearing a blue plaid shirt and khaki shorts. 

Incident #2: Less than an hour later, at approximately 2:51am, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a second call for a person stabbed in the area of Huntington Avenue and Parker Hill Avenue. On arrival, officers spoke with a female victim who reported she was grabbed from behind and knocked to the ground by an unknown suspect. The victim sustained a non-life threatening stab wound to her hand but was able to escape. The suspect is described as a white male, in his early twenties, brownish wavy hair, between 5’7” to 6’0” in height, wearing a white or grey hoodie and blue jeans. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding both incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call District 2 (Roxbury) detectives at 617-343-4275 or Sexual Assault Unit at 617-343-4400.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers 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 those wishing to remain anonymous.

Women walking alone in the area should observe the following safety tips:

• Always be aware of your surroundings especially at night. When parking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.

• Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.

• Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of all passing vehicles.

• Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.

• Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with friends and people you know.

• Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use the whistle to signal for help.

• Yelling “Fire!” “Help!” and/or “Rape!” are all ways of getting attention and getting help.

• Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.

• Call ahead to your destination to let them know that you’re on the way. Be sure they know when to expect you so, in the event you fail to show up, they’ll know to begin looking for you.

• Trust your instincts and realize this: anyone can be a victim of crime. Don’t ever assume, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”

• If a n unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.

• If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant or residence.