Suspect appears in court after esplanade attack
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Joseph Barthel, 49, appeared in court Monday morning after being arrested for alleged trying to sexually assault a woman walking on the esplanade.
During summer months, the esplanade can be found crowded at all times of the day but those walking the esplanade Monday morning were on alert after a man was arrested for an alleged assault.
Police said a woman was walking by herself Sunday morning when a man approached her from behind.
State police say they caught the man in the act.
It happened early Sunday morning around 1 o'clock near the Longfellow Bridge.
Two troopers were patrolling the area by foot when they saw the attack happen.
They quickly made an arrest.
It's the most recent attack over the past few years but state police said it doesn't appear that it is the same man wanted for a string of unsolved sexual assaults in the area - which left some women scared.
Police have increased their presence but some runners said they're still taking a new route.
Although investigators don't think the crimes are connected, they aren't ruling anything out.
They said they will look at mug shots and compare them to the previous sketch.
Barthel was charged with indecent assault and battery. He's scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning at Boston Municipal Court.