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Police search for suspect in Beacon Hill sex assault

Boston Police are on the hunt for a man who they say broke into a home on Joy and Myrtle Streets early Saturday morning and sexually assaulted a woman at knife point.

Boston Police are on the hunt for a man who forced his way into a Beacon Hill home around 3:15 a.m. Saturday and sexually assaulted and robbed a woman living there.

Police said the man forced his way into an apartment in the area of Joy and Myrtle streets and showed the woman a weapon, possibly a knife.

Police released a photo of the man suspected in the assault. He is shown using an ATM machine and is described as black with braided hair and in his late 20s to early 30s.

Saturday's attack has left people living in Beacon Hill -- one of the city's most expensive and desirable neighborhoods -- on edge and has prompted police to issue a community alert.

The incident comes on the heels of two other attacks about a week ago in Roxbury when two teenage girls were assaulted in separate incidents near Camden Street. Both times the man commented on the physical appearance of the women before the attack.

No one has been arrested in connection with with those crimes, and police said during a press conference yesterday that there is no evidence to suggest that the Roxbury attacks are connected to Saturday's assault.

"We know these [community] alerts generate a great amount of concern in our neighborhoods and we want you to know that we are just as concerned as you are," said Boston Police Department Deputy Superintendent Kelly Nee, who did not give any more specifics on Saturday's attack.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at 617-343-4400, or provide a tip anonymously by calling 1-800-494-TIPS or texting ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

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