After a report of an indecent assault last night by Fleet St. and Garden Ct., Boston Police have issued a community alert for the North End. The assault took place around the streets of this weekend’s Fisherman’s Feast. Police are unclear whether this incident is related to previous assaults in the North End. Details in the following bulletin from BPDNews.com:
On arrival, officers spoke to a female victim who reported that she was approached by a suspect, who engaged her in conversation seeking to gain entry into her residence. The victim refused at which point the suspect indecently assaulted her and then fled toward North Street. The victim immediately contacted authorities and provided the following description.
The suspect is described as follows: a white Hispanic male, with gelled black hair, about 5’6”, 150 lbs (slim build) wearing a blue pinned striped shirt and brown khaki pants .
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. At this time, it is unclear if this incident is connected to previously reported incidents in the area of the North End.
Anyone with information is strongly urged to call either the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400 or Area A-1 detectives at (617) 343-4248.
Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously can either call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently protect the identity of all individuals who wish to remain anonymous.
District A-1 will increase patrols to the area and encourage community members to increase vigilance.
TIPS FOR ENSURING 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 anytime 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.