Police seek suspects in Egleston sexual assaults

EGLESTON SQ.—Police are seeking suspects in two recent, similar sexual assaults where a man lured a woman to an abandoned property on the Roxbury side of Egleston Square.

The assaults happened on Feb. 2 and 3 in the 2900 block of Washington Street and the suspect in both cases is a clean-shaven black man in his 30s, though it is unclear if it is the same person, according to the Boston Police Department.

In the Feb. 2 incident, the woman was approached by the suspect in Egleston Square. After a conversation, the suspect led her to the abandoned property, sexually assaulted her and fled.

The suspect in that case is described as a clean-shaven black man in his 30s, about 5-feet-7-inches to 5-feet-9-inches tall, and about 150 to 200 pounds. He was wearing a dark-colored, knit, winter watchman’s style cap; a blue jacket with a green under-collar; light-colored pants; and dark sneakers with a white tip and side stripes.

In the Feb. 3 incident, the victim reported meeting the suspect earlier and then agreeing to meet him that day on Washington Street. The suspect then led the victim to the abandoned property and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect in that case is described as a clean-shaven black man in his 30s, about 5-feet-9-inches to 5-feet-10-inches tall, and about 200 pounds. He was wearing a blue winter hat; a blue winter jacket; dark-colored pants; and possibly black boots.

Anyone with information about the cases can contact the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at 617-343-4400 or anonymously by calling 1-800-494-8477 or by texting the word “TIP” to 27463.

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault and needs help and resources can contact the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 24-hour hotline at 1-800-841-8371.

Boston Police also have issued several tips for preventing assaults. They include: avoid walking alone, especially at night; be aware of your surroundings and do not walk while talking on a cell phone or listening to music on earphones; walk confidently with your head up; wear shoes that allow you to move quickly; carry a whistle to blow for attention in case you are attacked; if you think you are being followed, change direction and head for an open store or home; carry your keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker. Any suspicious people should be reported to the police by calling 911.

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