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Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Message From Police Chief Upton...

At about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 17th, a 22 year old woman was assaulted on Highland Avenue near Cherry Street as she walked from Porter Square.

The victim reported that she was grabbed from behind: she screamed and resisted, apparently scaring off the suspect, who then fled on foot along Highland Avenue toward Davis Square.

This incident is similar to others that have occurred in this area. Police have increased patrols of both marked and unmarked cars in this area and have mounted an interagency effort to identify and apprehend this suspect.

The suspect, who was wearing a knit ski mask, is believed to be a male, possibly with a muscular build, about 5’ 5” to 5’ 8” inches tall, wearing all dark clothing. Anyone who has information about this incident is urged to contact Somerville Police at 617-625-1212, or text SPD617 to Tip411.

As always, all residents, especially women, should remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings when walking after dark. For your safety, try to remain on well-lit routes and avoid wearing headphones or ear buds. Keep your cell phone handy but avoid distracting calls. If you suspect you are being followed, head for a store or building that you know to be open. If you feel uncomfortable about someone near you, head for a populated area and call 911 immediately.

Thank you.

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