Increased security following Esplanade sexual assault
BOSTON (WHDH) -- State police arrested a man in the middle of an apparent sexual assault on the Esplanade. Right now state police don't think the attack is connected to similar attacks in the same area in the past few years but they're investigating the possibility.
The latest attack happened early Sunday morning near the Longfellow Bridge on the Esplanade.
“It’s definitely scary, it makes me think twice about coming out here at night,” one woman said.
State police patrolling the area say they caught the 49-year-old attacker in the act.
“This is a safe area, I’m actually really shocked to hear that there’s anything of that nature going on around here,” said a man.
The victim said to be uninjured; women are now on high alert.
“I sometimes run by myself, I mean I didn’t realize this was so unsafe,” one runner said.
The area has seen similar crimes in recent years. Police released a sketch five years ago of an alleged attacker suspected in multiple assaults.
“It was kind of scary. I didn’t like the idea that there was someone out there doing that and they hadn’t found him for a while,” a woman said.
But the district attorney says Sunday's suspect most likely isn't connected to the unsolved crimes. They're confident beefed up police presence in the area is working.
“It makes me feel safer, to know that they’re out there helping us. It’s good that we have the good guys on our side,” a woman said.
But some women say they want increased patrols.
“But if it’s not the same guy, there’s someone out there. So there should be more security around here,” the runner said.