Medford, Mass. sexual assault under investigation

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August 22, 2013, 12:42 pm
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(NECN: Jackie Bruno) – Tufts University and Medford, Mass. police are investigating an attempted sexual assault.

Police say this happened early Wednesday morning. The man pushed the woman to the ground and tried to sexually assault her. Luckily the woman was able to get away, but her attacker hasn’t been found yet.

Police say the woman was walking along Boston Avenue near Nick’s Pizza around 4:30 a.m. That’s when a man pushed her to the ground and attempted to remove her pants. The woman was able to fight off her attacker and escaped to a nearby relative’s house.  

Some resident reflected on the safety of the community.

Tufts University sophomore Julia Rodgers said, “My dorm was sort of near there last year, but I didn't go generally didn't go out too much at night, and if I did, it was with a group. But I felt safe.”

Mary Willis of Medford said, “I always feel safe walking around here. I come home. I walk to work and I walk home and I've never felt threatened or anything. It’s scary.”

What’s more scary is the suspect is still on the loose

The victim described the man as a light-skinned Black or Hispanic male in his mid-twenties, average height and weight with slanted eyes and a dimple in his chin. He was wearing jeans and a white t-shirt.

Even though it didn’t happen on Tufts’ property and didn’t involve a student, the university sent out emails alerting the campus, making sure they know the appropriate numbers to call if are in or see a dangerous situation.

Rodgers said, “I think it’s just always being aware of your surroundings and alert that something could happen at any time.”

Police are analyzing surveillance video from local businesses in the area to try and determine who this person may be.

If you have any information that could help police you’re asked to contact the Medford Police Department.

Tags: Victim claims she was attacked walking along Boston Avenue; fought off attacker and ran for help
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