21-year-old woman assaulted by cab driver
SOUTH BOSTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A 21-year-old woman said she got into an unlicensed cab in Boston and was sexually assaulted in Newton on August 6. The victim was out in Boston's Seaport District when she got into the cab alone.
“It’s really scary. I didn't hear about the taxi thing,” said Kelley Bowser, concerned about recent assaults.
State police who patrol this section of the city said back on August 6, almost two weeks ago, a 21-year-old woman who just left a bar flagged down an unregulated cab, and the driver then took the woman to a parking lot off Nonantum Road in Newton where he violently assaulted her.
“Hope that’s not true either. We need to be aware so we can take precautions we need to do and we shouldn't be taking cabs if it's not safe to take cabs,” Bowser said.
The assault came just two weeks after three other assaults on women in South Boston including the brutal murder of Amy Lord. Edwin Alemany is being held without bail in connection with those cases.
In the Seaport District case, state police said once the Middlesex County district attorney's office became the lead agency investigating the rape, they never issued any warnings.
State police have now had a recent change in policy. In an issued statement state police spokesman, David Procopio said: “In the future we will issue timely public statements for assaults on state property about which we know enough facts to ensure the alert is relevant.”
“I’m not sure what to think about it. I think it's hard to make judgments based on what they are doing hopefully I can put my trust in them,” said Krstie Searles.
No arrests have been made in this case.