Police search for rape suspect
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Boston police are increasing patrols as they search for a suspect, who allegedly broke into a Beacon Hill apartment early Saturday and sexually assaulted and robbed a woman.
In addition, two teens were assaulted in Roxbury. Both men were reportedly strangers to their victims and both are still on the loose.
Investigators said the suspect in Roxbury tried to choke one of his victims and that he threatened the other with a gun. In Beacon Hill, police believe the man who forced his way into an apartment was armed with a knife.
Police are asking women to take extra precautions, such as carrying keys between their knuckles to use as a defense, and carrying a whistle to create attention in case of an attack.
“We know these alerts generate a great amount of concern and we want you to know we are just as concerned as you are,” said Kelly Nee, Boston Police Department.
According to Boston police there has been no apparent spike in sexual crimes this year, but this recent series of random attacks is warranting extra safety measures.
“We beef up patrols any time an incident like this happens. We've beefed up patrols in Roxbury,” said Nee.
Along with the extra officers on the street, there's a new hotline for anyone concerned about the attacks. Boston police said people can call to set up community watch groups or to sign up for rape defense classes.
“Our communities deserve to be safe. We deserve to be able to walk around in our city without being assaulted,” said Meg Bossong, Boston Rape Crisis Center.
While police are reminding women especially to be alert and aware of their surroundings, they're asking everyone to take a good look at the pictures.
Whistles are available at Boston police stations. The hotline number is: (617) 343- 4826.