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College Student Sexually Assaulted Near Esplanade Footbridge

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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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