April 9, 2014 Update:
In an apparent case of mistaken identity, the Suffolk District Attorney’s office has dropped the charges against this North End man, Ross Currier, who is no longer considered a suspect. See this post for more information.
After being spotted by the victim on the Nazzaro Center basketball court in the North End, Salem Street resident Ross Currier was arrested on Monday night for the Valentine’s Day sexual assault on Unity Street. Shortly before 7:00 p.m. on Monday night, Currier was handcuffed and escorted by Boston Police who responded to a phone call from the victim who said she was 90 percent sure he was the man that attacked her.
Court filings identify the suspect as 26 year old, living on Salem St. in Boston’s North End. He works at Boston Beer Company as a senior tax accountant according to his LinkedIn profile.
In court on Tuesday, Currier pleaded not guilty and his attorney said he was wrongly charged. It was disclosed that the victim previously identified a different man as her attacker a few weeks ago in a line-up. The man she identified was in jail. The attorney also said that his client was with his fiancee on the night of the assault. Currier did acknowledge to authorities that he owned clothing (hat and boots) similar to that shown in the videos previously released of a man running at Salem and Sheafe Streets.
The victim, a woman in her early 20’s living around the corner from the suspect on Unity Street, called the police on Monday night when she saw the man playing basketball in the North End. Teens at the scene of the arrest said the man had played basketball with them at that court in the past.
The “Valentine’s Day attack” took place shortly after 1:00 a.m. on February 15, 2014 when a man pushed his way into the victim’s foyer as she was entering her building. The suspect sexually assaulted her via groping and then used his cell phone to take a photo before fleeing when she screamed, according to the victim. At the time of the assault, the victim described the suspect as a white male in his 20′s, blue-eyes, short blond spiked hair, medium build, clean shaven and possible freckles on his cheeks.
The judge released Currier on personal recognizance with no bail, but required a GPS monitoring bracelet at least until he goes back to court on April 29, 2014.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
April 9, 2014 Update:
In an apparent case of mistaken identity, the Suffolk District Attorney’s office has dropped the charges against this North End man, Ross Currier, who is no longer considered a suspect.