Community Alert UPDATE: Boston Police Release Surveillance Video of North End Indecent A & B Suspect Detectives Seeking To Identify Suspect and Potential Witnesses
The video was obtained from the area of Hanover and Prince Street at around 2:20am and is believed to capture the image of the suspect as he flees the scene of the incident. Detectives ask community members to note the suspect’s running stride and apparent athletic build.
On August 20, 2011 at approximately 2:30am, officers from District A-1 (Downtown Boston) responded to the area of Garden Court and Fleet Street for a report of an indecent assault.
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.
Additional Community Information:
• District A-1 has increased patrols to the area and encourage community members to increase vigilance.
• Officers have also been distributing flyers throughout the neighborhood.
• The Sexual Assault Unit is coordinating with the FBI on a potential suspect profile.
• District A-1 is offering two seminars: a RAD class (self-defense training) and a ‘Reducing Your Odds’ education course (provides residents tips on how to avoid crime victimization). Community members interested in taking either class should contact the Community Service Office at 617-343-4627.
Personal Safety Tips:
- 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.