Suspect sought in three North End incidents

Boston Police are still aggressively investigating a reported case of assault and battery on a North End woman in the early morning hours on Saturday, August 21 on the upper part of Salem Street, near Charter Street.

Police have flooded the neighborhood with flyers containing a composite drawing and a description of the suspect.

They have also checked videos in the area that might have captured a picture of the suspect and have asked residents and merchants to come forward with any information that could lead to an arrest.

Since this incident occurred, Police have indicated that two additional local women have reported that they were approached by an individual with a similar description of the suspect allegedly involved in the Salem Street assault and battery.

Reportedly, Boston Police believe that all three incidents involve the same person described as a Hispanic male, late twenties, about 5’10", medium build, wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and wearing an LA hat.

The first incident occurred about 3:30am when Boston Police responded to a radio call regarding a reported assault and battery in progress in the area of 196 Salem Street.

On arrival, officers spoke with the victim who stated she was sitting on the front steps of 196 Salem Street when the suspect approached her for a light.

The victim told police she and the suspect spoke for about 2 or 3 minutes and she got up to leave. When she turned her back to go, the victim stated that the suspect grabbed her from behind in what she described as a choke hold.

At that time the victim said she began screaming and the suspect let her go and took off on foot.

On the day before the Salem Street incident, Friday, August 20 about 1:55am, a female victim reported that she was near her house on Charter Street when she was approached by an unknown male described as Hispanic, 25 years old, medium build, 5’9" and spiked hair.

The suspect began to ask her questions which made her uncomfortable. The victim’s friend came outside and the suspect fled towards Hanover Street.

On the day after the Salem Street incident on Sunday, August 22 about 11:17pm another female victim reported that she was in the area of Unity Street when a Hispanic male, 5’11" wearing a purple Lakers cap approached her and began asking her questions. The victim fled towards Charter Street.

At a recent NEWNC Public Safety Committee meeting at the Nazzaro Community Center, Captain Bernard O’Rourke addressed the three incidents and noted that the suspect is most likely the same person.

Captain O’Rourke urged residents to contact Area A-1 detectives at 617-343-4248 with any information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect.

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