Arrest made in weekend attacks in Boston's Mission Hill neighborhood

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June 17, 2013, 1:15 pm
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(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik) – Twenty-one- year old Patrick Barry, a Northeastern University student, has been charged with assault to intent to rape in connection with a violent attack on a young female that police say happened early Saturday morning.

He's also suspected in another similar attack less than an hour later according to prosecutors.

Surveillance images from Boston police were distributed following the violent attacks in the Mission Hill area of Boston.

The first attack happened in the area of Huntington Ave. and Vancouver Street around 2 a.m. Saturday. The female victim told police a man jumped out of the bushes and attempted to sexually assault her. Police say she was stabbed in the leg but was able to escape and run to safety.

A second attack, according to Boston police happened at 2:50 a.m. at the intersection of Huntington Ave. and Parker Hill Street. A woman told police she was grabbed from behind and knocked to the ground. She was stabbed in the hand but police say was also able to escape.

Northeastern University confirms Monday that Barry is a student. Skylar Shankman lives along Huntington Ave in the Mission Hill area, in the apartment below Barry. Shankman says, "It’s a weird feeling knowing someone so potentially dangerous has been living above you the whole time."  

According to an online profile, Barry describes himself as a communications major who works as a video producer for the Northeastern Athletic Department.

 The university is not commenting on that, but says, "The University is dedicated to the safety of all Boston residents, including our Northeastern community. We are pursuing appropriate action in close coordination with law enforcement authorities."

No word Monday if Barry made bail. If he does a judge has ordered him to wear a monitoring bracelet. Prosecutors say tips from the surveillance photos led to Barry's capture.

Tags: Boston, Arrest, Assault, Mission Hill, Kathryn Sotnik, Patrick Berry
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