BOSTON (CBS) – State and local police are looking into the brutal attack of a woman on the Esplanade early Wednesday morning.

She told investigators she was hit from behind and then pushed into the Charles River.

She managed to pull herself out of the water and walk up Fairfield Street from the Storrow Drive foot bridge to Boylston Street, where she found help.

“The victim was seen with head injuries walking at the Prudential Mall by security around 3 am and reported to Boston PD,” State Police spokesman David Procopio told WBZ-TV in a statement.

Procopio said the woman is 61-years old and from “the Greater Boston area.” He added that there was “no evidence of a sexual assault.”

The woman was not able to give investigators a description of her attacker.

“At this point, there is no evidence to suggest this morning’s assault is connected to a series of prior unsolved attacks on the Esplanade and at Moakley Park in South Boston,” State police said in a statement.

Comments (7)
  1. steve says:

    I truely hope this woman is going to be okay, and I hope to God they find who did this to her. I’m not in any way saying she brought this on herself but why do women continue to walk alone late at night, esp in a city? How many times do we need to see a woman go missing, beaten, raped…. girls, there are some sick people out there. Take precaution! Don’t walk alone at night!

  2. Ben says:

    Where ta (*&^ is the BBD ? Too busy chasing ^&*^$ jay walkers or night club exiters on Boyleston be my guess. How many have to be attacked before they get a clue

  3. Sue says:

    In a perfect world a woman could be safe walking in any area at any time of day. BUT, as we all know, we do not live in a perfect world. This poor woman may have just made a bad decision thinking that this area might be a peaceful place to think out a problem. Let’s hope we all learn for this horrible experience. Be safe and evaluate where you are going and if you are going alone.

  4. Phinneus T says:

    BEN get grabbed for public drunkeness recently by the BBD? Maybe you mean the BPD? Still a bit hazy Bennie? Troubles with the keyboard or are you always this bad at spelling and syntax.

  5. Jim says:

    we need to ban walking on the Esplanade and remove the loopholes that permit this kind of attack

  6. Bob says:


    The mass state police are responsible for patrolling the esplanade. Bpd does not patrol that area because the state won’t let them. That is why state police are investigating the incident.

  7. Ella says:

    People must have common sense. I does not matter if you are a man or a woman. Do not walk alone at night, this is a very simple rule.

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