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Friday, December 17, 2010

Somerville Police Issue Warning After Woman Is Assaulted...

This is Deputy Chief Paul Upton of the Somerville Police Department with an important public safety message for residents in your area. Late Thursday evening, a 24 year-old woman was indecently assaulted as she walked on Porter Street near Peterson Terrace. The victim was grabbed from behind and assaulted before she screamed, apparently scaring off the suspect. The suspect then fled down Peterson Terrace toward Linden Street.

The suspect is described as a male, about 5’ 10”, wearing a dark blue ski jacket with a black patch on the left sleeve, blank pants and black shoes. He was wearing some type of black mask covering his face.

We urge residents, particularly women, who may be walking alone in this area, to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings. For your safety, you should avoid wearing headphones or earbuds, and keep your cell phone readily available.

The police department has increased patrols of both marked and unmarked cars in this area. If you see anyone or anything unusual, please call 911 immediately.

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