Police & Fire

Another Beacon Hill Indecent Assault on Monday Night – Police Seek Public’s Assistance

Boston Police have released information about an indecent assault in Beacon Hill about 6:15pm on Monday, July 8, 2013. The incident comes after a series of similar assaults in June. BPD District A-1 is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect. The following report is posted on BPDNews.com:

The victim reported she was walking toward the Charles/ MGH MBTA station on Brimmer St when she was approached by a suspect who was walking in the opposite direction. The suspect indecently assaulted the victim and fled up Chestnut Street toward Charles Street. The suspect is described as a white male, mid 20’s, 5’10″ in height, 160-170 lbs, slim to medium build, dark brown shaggy hair, parted in the middle, no facial hair, clear skin with olive complexion, wearing a dark blue polo shirt with red polo logo, medium straight leg jeans and dark color sneakers.

Boston Police continue to investigate a series of similar assaults which took place in June. While, investigators continue to look into the possibility that the assaults could be connected (due to similar physical description), no definitive connection has been established at this point.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District A-1 (downtown) detectives at 617-343-4248 or the 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.

Investigators are actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400. Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously are encouraged to call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently guards and protects the identities of community members who wish to aid investigation anonymously.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual assault and is in need of helpful resources or someone to talk to, please contact the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 24 hour hotline at 1 (800) 841-8371.

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.