Somerville Police investigate indecent assault and battery

On October 22, 2011, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Somerville Police are investigating an indecent assault and battery that occurred late Thursday evening.  At about 11:30 p.m., a 23 year old woman was walking to a friend’s home, from the Porter Square MBTA station. As she passed the area of Elm Street and Holyoke Road, she was approached from behind by an unknown suspect, pushed into a car and indecently assaulted.  The victim screamed, causing the attacker to flee.

The victim described the suspect as a white male, in his mid-twenties, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and was clean shaven.  He was wearing a black hooded sweat shirt with the hood pulled up and possibly jeans.  The suspect fled toward Elm Street.

Somerville Police are advising women who may be walking alone to take some common sense safety precautions.  Try to walk on well lit routes whenever possible.  Avoid wearing headphones or ear buds and listening to loud music. Keep your cell phone accessible and avoid distracting phone calls. Trust your instincts and avoid dangerous situations. If you think that someone is following you, try to get to a lighted area with other people. If you feel that you are in danger call 911 right away.

This incident has similarities to several other late night assaults on women in the past few months. Somerville Police are working together with Cambridge Police, Transit Police, Medford Police, Harvard University and Tufts University Police to identify and apprehend this suspect.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Somerville Police at 617 625-1212 or text 617SPD to Tip411.

 

2 Responses to “Somerville Police investigate indecent assault and battery”

  1. j. connelly says:

    The Somerville Police have repeatedly said…

    “Try to walk on well lit routes whenever possible. Avoid wearing headphones or ear buds and listening to loud music. Keep your cell phone accessible and avoid distracting phone calls. Trust your instincts and avoid dangerous situations. If you think that someone is following you, try to get to a lighted area with other people. If you feel that you are in danger call 911 right away.”

    Yet you constantly see people jogging/walking.. wearing the earbuds or on the cell/texting and not taking the time to observe what is going on in the area that they are in.

    Heed the Police advice. They need to catch this scumball & lock him away for a long time. Yell/scream & if you are attacked by him…try to kick him in a sensitive area to get him away from you.

    Pay Attention!
    If you see someone you dont know hanging in your neighborhood…
    call the police to check them out. Be observant & note what they are wearing. What direction they go in…if a car, get description & license plate number. If they have their hoodie up..be observant/cautious.

  2. TomB says:

    There’s alot of Grab A** taking place in Somerville…..

    1. the act of wrestling or chasing another person with the intention to squeeze that person’s butt (Porter/Davis/Tufts) area….

    2. to insult someone who is slacking off or wasting your time by inferring that they were grabbing each other’s a**es (the dpw yard)

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