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Boston Police Warn About Assaults on Females in Allston

Five assaults on females have occurred in the Ashford Street area in the last six weeks.

Boston Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect responsible for five attacks against females in Allston in the last six weeks.

Police said the victims were pushed to the ground, their skirts were lifted and a photo was taken with a camera phone. All five attacks have occured on Ashford Street in Allston and happened between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. The latest incident happened on November 6th. 

The suspect is described by victims as a white or light skinned Hispanic male between the ages of 19 and 30, with an average build and dark clothing.

Anyone with information should call the Boston Police District 14 Detectives at 617-343-4256 or the BU Police Detectives at 617-353-3436.  

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.

Personal Safety Tips from the Boston Police Department:

• Don’t assume it can’t happen to you. Crime can happen to anyone at any time.
• Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk with a friend whenever possible.
• Always be aware of your surroundings, especially, at night.
• Walk with confidence and never let anyone violate your personal space.
• Travel in well-lit and populated areas.
• Carry a cell phone but don’t become distracted while talking on it.
• Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.
• Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles.
• Call ahead to your destination to notify loved ones that you’re on your way home. Provide a specific time that you expect to be home by so, in the event you fail to arrive on time, loved ones will know to begin looking for you.
• Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
• Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use it.
• Yelling “fire,” “help,” or “rape” are ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need help.
• If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
• Trust your instincts. If you think that someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk towards an open store, restaurant or residence.

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