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Indecent Assault on Hanover Street; Police Release Suspect Photo

Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to an Indecent Assault in the North End

The BPD is issuing a community alert seeking the public’s help in an effort to identify and locate an individual wanted in connection to an indecent assault which occurred earlier this morning in the North End.

At about 2:30am, on Friday, November 17, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for an indecent assault in the area of Hanover Street in Boston. On arrival, officers spoke to a victim who stated that she was approached by an unknown individual described as a black make, approximately 5’10” tall, medium build, wearing dark clothing which resembled a security guard’s uniform. According to the victim, the suspect stated that he needed to talk to her about an important issue and that she had to go with him immediately. After following the suspect for a short distance, victim states the suspect stopped and attempted to indecently assault her. At which time, the victim ran away and called police.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with any information relative to this incident or the identity of the individual pictured is strongly urged to contact detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

Community members wishing 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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.

19 Replies to “Indecent Assault on Hanover Street; Police Release Suspect Photo

  1. The question is, why would a woman walk alone at 2:30 a.m. and worse, follow a stranger when he said he had something important to ask her. What was she thinking …. or not thinking. Perhaps new to city life? Naive? I do not even cut through Nazzaro Center after dark anymore. Terrifying for her, I’m sure.

    1. Maybe because some sick F decided to dress up as a cop so he could fool an innocent female? Easy with the blame the victim stance. Seriously, this is one sick man. He deserves some vigilante justice. Having a young daughter in the North End really upsets me to hear this.

      I would love to know what the response time was for the police. I’ve said it on this board before – there needs to be a permanent police presence in the North End. They’ve had police cars parked in front of Commercial Street where the drug overdose was (RIP) — why is beyond me. We need foot patrols at night to beat down pervs like this guy. Perhaps it was an immediate response — but if not we ought to have some community patrol or something — with training from the true North Enders who used to handle this the right way via a trip to Boston Harbor.

      1. Those days are long gone my friend. Over the years there have been numerous assaults with only one arrest .A young man who lived in the neighborhood was eventually cleared of any involvement. I agree with Heather, this woman should not have followed this man because” he needed to talk to her” Sorry

  2. You want to cut down on crime across the board and feel safer to get out of the house at any hour? How about seriously-inexpensive body-cameras for everyone – that day will likely come – you could even get two – one to catch the coward who creeps up from behind. I’m not for total surveillance, but I think we’re already there – it just needs to be better, as this photo proves.

    1. You need more security cameras in the neighborhood these restaurant owners & landlords can certainly afford to install them. Nobody is going to wear a body camera. Ease up on the policies and make it

      it easier for people to be able to purchase mace.

        1. Good to know. I always thought that law was ludicrous. You can buy the buy these through Amazon. Then again, if you are going to walk around at 2:30, bear spray can be purchased from a hunter’s supply store.

  3. My guess is that many young women out alone in the early morning hours work in the restaurants that we dine in and are on their way home.
    I’m for more police presence to protect all of us!

    1. Most of the population of the NE is made up of young single woman. They move here because they think that the neighborhood is “Safe” There is no place that is safe anymore.

  4. This stuff is getting out of control! Young girls walking around at night working in restaurants,nurses working night shifts coming Home. I’m up late and see them from my window We need Police patrolling the neiborhood I don’t ever see that!!! Whats up with that? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know most times these crimes happen late at night and earley morning hours plus the photo is very grant not

  5. I definitely agree the quickest short-term fix and possibly even longer-term positive impact would be to install cutting edge cameras. London is covered with high resolution cameras and it makes it directionally safer.

    The most most effective economic solution is cameras — but we still pay taxes for a police presence.

  6. News from BPD A-1 – A suspect was arrested on Saturday evening and will be charged with this indecent assault on Hanover Street. We’ll have more in a new post shortly.

    1. That’s great work I understand that the suspect is s 26 year old from Randolph. Goes to show how lmportant surveillance cameras are.

  7. Thank You Comm. Evans for speedy detective work on this case~~~~36 or so hours ~~~~wish EVERY case could be solved this quickly !!! Aren’t there enough problems we deal with here in the city~~~~we have to import them from Randolph ???
    Yes, it is a serious problem having an intruder come here and raise havoc~~~~but there ARE bad people out there who want to inflict harm on unassuming people !!! Unfortunately, this is the world we live in !!!
    Maybe this young girl should have used BETTER JUDGEMENT~~~but she didn’t. Don’t forget~~Hindsight is 20/20

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