Boston police want help finding Allston/Brighton sex assault suspect - Metro US

Boston police want help finding Allston/Brighton sex assault suspect

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Investigators have released a a photograph of the man they believe recently assaulted two women in the Allston/Brighton area.

Despite the proximity of the two attacks, police said there is no evidence linking the assaults. Regardless, they released a photo of only one suspect.

The first incident took place on Saturday, Aug. 15 when the man is said to have assaulted a woman from behind near Harvard Street and Brighton Avenue at about 6:05 a.m. Police said the victim chased the suspect, who fled down Commonwealth Avenue.

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Then on Monday, a woman came into the D-14 police station to report that a man fitting the same description indecently assaulted her at about 3 a.m. Sunday near the corner of Brighton Avenue and Park Vale Avenue. Police said the victim fought off her attacker who was seen running outbound along Brighton Avenue.

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The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is actively investigating the assaults. Investigators hope the surveillance photo will lead them to a suspect. Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives directly at (617) 343-4400.

Police tips on staying safe:

· Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. When parking, walking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.

· Avoid walking alone late at night. When possible, walk with friends and people you know.

· 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.

· Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use it to signal residents that you need help. Yelling words like: “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are other effective ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need assistance.

· Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.

· Before going out, call ahead to let friends or family know you’re on the way. Designate a time you expect to arrive, so that in the event you fail to show up on time, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.

· Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts and know that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never 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.

· Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.

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