By Christina Hager, WBZ-TVBy Christina Hager

BOSTON (CBS) – An assault on a woman in the North End this weekend has police stepping up patrols.

The latest incident happened on Prince Street Friday. Police say a woman was walking alone just before midnight when a man suddenly grabbed her and forcibly kissed her.

It’s a section of the historic neighborhood that’s busy and well-lit. Cafes and bakeries line the street right around the corner from the famous Pizzeria Regina.

“I’m not usually scared hanging out down here, there’s a lot of people always around,” says Rachel Johnson who lives nearby.

It’s the second North End attack on a woman in the last year, and the 17th attack in the last decade. Police say the latest incident has different circumstances, but they say they can’t rule out a possible link.

“In general, I think it’s pretty safe, but it’s scary that stuff can still happen,” says neighbor Tori Carpenito.

Police are organizing self-defense classes for anyone who’s interested.

The suspect is described as a white, Mediterranean or Hispanic male, late 20′s to early 30′s, approximately 5’6”- 5′-8”, medium build with short dark hair and a goatee. The suspect is also described as “well-groomed” and wearing a dark-colored, hip length wool coat , jeans, possibly a dark shirt and dark shoes.

Comments (5)
  1. Richard Chaney says:

    Boston police are more dangerous than the criminals, stay out of the North end or they might kill you in custody for being sarcastic. At the very least they will give you a conservative supreme court supported anal probing.

    1. Fenway Franklins says:

      Sounds like someone has been arrested by the BPD and was all mad about it hmmm? got a hair across your rear end?

      1. Richard Chaney says:

        Never been arrested, but I am sick of cops abusing people and even killing people. Are you a pig FF?

  2. Sal Lami says:

    So what is the penalty for kissing somebody without permission? As far as “assaults” go this one seems on the minor side.

  3. Mea says:

    While this assault is unacceptable, I do have a smile on my face about the description of the man. “Well Groomed”. Now there’s a term you don’t hear often to describe criminals. :) -Mea

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