Three attacks on women in less than a four-hour time span Monday night in East Boston may be related according to police based on the description of the suspect by the victims, timing of the attacks and how the attacks took place. Boston Police detectives and Officers at District 7 police station in Eastie are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect. They are also asking anyone in the vicinity at the time of the attacks to call police.
On Tuesday police said the preliminary investigation indicates that the attacks, two of which were sexual in nature, may be connected. In response, police have increased patrols in Eastie and are asking community members – especially women – to be aware of the attacks so as to enhance and increase their levels of awareness and vigilance.
The first attack occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Officers from District 7 responded to a call for an unknown problem in the area of Trenton Street. Officers spoke to the first of three female victims that night who told police she was in the process of taking the trash out when an unknown male, smelling of alcohol, grabbed her from behind, pushed her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim fought off her attacker. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. She described the suspect as a clean-shaven Hispanic male in his thirties with a mole or mark on his left cheek, 5’5” in height, medium build, wearing a black hat, black North Face-type jacket, black pants and black boots. Twenty minutes later officers responded to a call for an assault & battery in progress in the area of Trenton Street. Officers spoke to a second female victim who told police that she was entering her apartment building when an unknown male, smelling of alcohol, approached her from behind and knocked her to the ground. The victim told police she began yelling and screaming in an effort to fight off the suspect. The suspect took off on foot. The victim refused medical attention. The suspect in that attack was described as a male in his forties with a mole on his left cheek, medium complexion, 5’8” in height, medium build, wearing all black.
Then about three hours later at 8 p.m. officers responded to a call for an assault & battery in the area of Chelsea Street. On arrival, officers spoke to a third victim who told police that an unknown male, smelling of alcohol, approached her from behind, displayed a knife and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim fell to the ground and the suspect took off on foot. The victim refused medical attention. The suspect in the last attack was described as a Hispanic male, medium complexion, no facial hair, 5’9” in height, medium build, wearing a black baseball hat, black coat.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit at (617)343-4400. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling 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 those wishing to remain anonymous.