College Student Sexually Assaulted Near Esplanade Footbridge

BOSTON (CBS) – Authorities are urging for caution along the Esplanade after a report of a sexual assault there early Friday morning.

“As we have repeatedly over the last few years, we are reminding pedestrians, cyclists, joggers, anyone on the Esplanade to be alert and aware of their surroundings, to travel in groups if possible, especially at night, stay in well-lit areas, if possible,” State Police spokesperson Dave Procopio told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

A local college student reported to her campus police department that she had been assaulted at around 1 a.m. near the Silber Way footbridge.

The student, who suffered no physical injuries, was able to run from her attacker.

The suspect is described as an adult black male between 6′ and 6’4″.

Authorities are investigating whether the suspect is the same man likely responsible for three unsolved attacks on the Esplanade in 2007 and in South Boston in 2006.

“We don’t have any immediate evidence to suggest that this latest one is connected, but we are investigating that possibility,” Procopion said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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  1. macmum says:

    HELLO! What part of being alone in this area for the last few years dont’ you get???? Everyone walks through life, watching the news and telling themselves that “that happens to other people”. guess what? You ARE those “other people”. Use some common sense and jog with a friend or two and stop taking risks! Doesn’t make it your fault if your attacked..except for the part where you could have prevented it by thinking first…Sorry it happened. But it won’t start until young women stop thinking that they are invincible….just the facts….My younger sister wouldn’t be dead today if she hadn’t believed the lie that bad thinkgs only happen to bad people…Be smart ladies and stay safe!

    1. Kvtsal says:

      Well hello and it’s nice to see you here. Those were my exact thoughts when I read this. It’s tragic that people are no longer safe alone but it is a fact – a very sad fact.

      1. Chris says:

        Looks like we’re all on the same page here. My very first thought as well. Why is a young girl walking alone at 1 am! Doesnt’ matter if she’s from out of town, common sense for any young woman is never walk alone in ANY city! I wouldn’t walk alone in Disney World these days. Creeps don’t discriminate place. Common sense isn’t so common anymore.

  2. Cal says:

    Let’s keep in mind that she’s a college student, and could very well be from out of town…or even another state. She might have been unaware of the dangers in such a beautiful area. In any event, as I’ve said after all of these mass shootings, each and every American should go to their local police department and get a gun permit! Take a course on gun safety and carry a gun to protect yourself and your loved ones! Many, many women are beginning to arm themselves…because they realize we are not living in a paradise!

    1. Rob Cleary says:

      Cal, where are you from? The esplanade is a rat infested homeless shelter on the banks of a nasty polluted toilet of a river. It’s easier to hit mega millions than get a gun permit in Massachusetts and the only police presence is by traffic cops whose sole purpose is to raise revenue, not fight crime. Strolling the esplanade at one in the morning is just plain stupid,an affliction that most BU students seem to have plenty of.

      1. Cal says:

        I was born in Boston. I’ve been riding the Esplanade for years and years at one, two, three and four in the morning on my bike with no problems at all. At those hours, there’s virtuall no one there…and it’s a beautiful run around the Charles. But I’m also prepared for trouble, just in case. If you haven’t been convicted of any felony, any police station in Massachusetts is obligated to issue you a gun permit! And if they refuse, it’s an automatic appeal to a federal judge in federal court. It must, and will be granted, if you have a clean record.

      2. Rob Cleary says:

        The following statement by Cal is a blatant lie. Federal judges have absolutely no say in who gets a mass LTC permit. It’s up to the Moonbat police chief in the town you reside in.

        I was born in Boston. I’ve been riding the Esplanade for years and years at one, two, three and four in the morning on my bike with no problems at all. At those hours, there’s virtuall no one there…and it’s a beautiful run around the Charles. But I’m also prepared for trouble, just in case. If you haven’t been convicted of any felony, any police station in Massachusetts is obligated to issue you a gun permit! And if they refuse, it’s an automatic appeal to a federal judge in federal court. It must, and will be granted, if you have a clean record.

      3. Cal says:

        Rob Cleary, I won’t say your statement is a lie, just uninformed. This is a cut and pasted section taken from Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140, Section 131 regarding your rights if a police chief denys your application for a License to Carry in Massachusetts: Any applicant or holder aggrieved by a denial, revocation or suspension of a license, unless a hearing has previously been held pursuant to chapter 209A, may, within either 90 days after receiving notice of such denial, revocation or suspension or within 90 days after the expiration of the time limit during which the licensing authority is required to respond to the applicant, file a petition to obtain judicial review in the district court having jurisdiction in the city or town wherein the applicant filed for, or was issued, such license. A justice of such court, after a hearing, may direct that a license be issued or reinstated to the petitioner if such justice finds that there was no reasonable ground for denying, suspending or revoking such license and that the petitioner is not prohibited by law from possessing same. This judicial review is done in FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT by a federal judge! Read and know your laws before stating that people are telling lies!!!

    2. Haley says:

      Oh yeah, that’s what we need more of…guns in the hands of morons who think they have a right to blow anyone away without a moments thought because they “perceive” them as a threat to their lives. It’s people like you that should not be carrying weapons. You’re the type that would profile someone, shoot first, then ask questions later. Leave the shooting to the professionals okay? I’ll be sure to call the cops if I see you in public toting a weapon and you look menacing to me.

      1. Cal says:

        Okay, kid. Tell all that to the teachers and students that were in the classrooms at Virginia Tech! I wonder if anyone in the classrooms would have “perceived” him as a “threat” when he opened fire with a .22 and a 9mm…and no one fired back because they were unarmed! I’m the type that would protect myself if my life is endanged like the woman at the Esplanade’s was. She had the right to shoot him if being robbed or raped! I’ve been well armed for 17 years without a single incident. So that puts all of your “moron” comments to rest!

    3. Pat says:

      Most, if not all, colleges in this area warn students druing orientation and more to avoid this situation. Students have no excuse that they didn’t know. This is done especially for out of town students who may be unfamiliar with the area. School security teams educate both parents and students on the dangers of going though the common or fens at night and students are told always to travel in pairs. It would amaze me that an adult wouldn’t be aware of the dangers of being out at this hour.

  3. Rob Cleary says:

    The suspect is described as an adult black male between 6′ and 6’4″.

    That’s all you need to know.

  4. hopeimwrongjj says:

    welcome to the real world folks.there are bad people out there.

  5. Joe says:

    Waiting for Obama’s phone call to soothe the injured woman …..

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