Boston Police Increase Patrols to the Area of Dartmouth Street and Columbus Ave Following Early Morning Attempted Sexual Assault
On May 11, 2012 at 4:45am, officers from District D-4 responded to a radio call for an assault in the area of Dartmouth Street and Columbus Ave in the South End.
On arrival, the female victim reported to officers that she was walking in the area when she was approached from behind by a male suspect who then physically assaulted her. The female victim defended herself causing the suspect to flee in the direction of Clarendon Street.
The victim described the suspect as a male, dressed in a black hoodie with something covering his face, jeans worn low with plaid boxer shorts, possibly in his 20’s and a slim muscular build. The victim is unable to provide the race of the suspect at this time.
The Boston Police Department is increasing patrols to the area. Investigators from the Sexual Assault Unit are actively following leads, conducting witness interviews and seeking additional information from the community. The Boston Police Department takes this opportunity to remind community members to increase vigilance and report any suspicious persons in the area. Residents should take extra precautions and be aware of surroundings. Lastly, the CrimeStoppers Unit will canvass the area and disseminate ‘Text-a-Tip’ brochures.
The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is currently investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is urged to call (617) 343-4400.
Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously are reminded that the Boston Police Department is only interested in the information you provide, not who you are.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual assault and is in need of helpful resources, please contact the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 24 hour hotline at 1-800-841-8371.