BOSTON (CBS) – A homeless man is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing after police say he broke into a South End apartment in the middle of the night and violently attacked two women.

Ronald Brown, 52, was allowed to shield his face in Boston Municipal Court as the charges of kidnapping, aggravated rape, burglary and armed assault were read.

The crime has alarmed the neighborhood. “Definitely an uneasy feeling to know that’s happening right in our own backyard,” said Kelsey Whitaker.

Police investigated a sexual assault on Clarendon Street in Tuesday. (WBZ-TV)

Police investigated a sexual assault on Clarendon Street in Tuesday. (WBZ-TV)

Brown is also on the state’s sex offender registry as a level 3 convicted rapist with a history of assaults and breaking and entering. Police say he tied up both women, and blindfolded and gagged one of them before raping her.

He allegedly yelled, “I hate Chinese people, if you scream I’ll kill you.”

According to the Sex Offender Registry Board website, Brown was convicted on two counts of aggravated rape in 1986.

Ronald Brown, 52, wore a hood in court to hide his face Wednesday. (WBZ-TV)

Ronald Brown, 52, wore a hood in court to hide his face Wednesday. (WBZ-TV)

Police say he left behind a key piece of evidence, a prescription medication bottle with his name on it and they traced him to the Pine Street Inn.

But it was hours before they were even notified of the attack because the victim went to her job at a local hospital before telling anyone what happened.

The quick arrest is now a relief to the neighborhood. “I think that comforts everyone knowing he was caught so quickly,” said Whitaker.

Police say he also stole the victims’ laptops and cellphones and demanded their pass-codes before he fled.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Comments (5)
  1. Baba Booey says:

    Did he walk in on naked 15 year olds like Trump then brag about it on Howard Stern?

  2. i'm right says:

    No, he sexually assaulted them, like Slick Willie. Maybe Cankles will get him off then laugh about it.

    1. Donald J Trump, pedo says:

      Trump has pending rape charges for raping a then 12 year old girl. Another woman has come forward that she tried to press charges for attempted rape by trump in the past.

      Miss teen USA contestants said he would go in their locker room to see them naked, including 15 year old girls.

  3. Kate says:

    Why wait until Friday? He’s dangerous and doesn’t deserve to be on the street breathing the same air as the rest of us. Note to his court appointed lawyer: your client does not need a “program,” but a long prison term with no parole. Good work by Boston PD!

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