Man Who Allegedly ‘Violently Restrained’ Woman in South End Arrested

The man is accused of violently restraining a woman before fleeing on foot

A man who allegedly "violently restrained" a woman Sunday afternoon in Boston's South End neighborhood was arrested Monday, police said.

The assault took place around 4:55 p.m., according to Boston police, and the woman was able to free herself and call for help. Her attacker fled the area on foot, evading witnesses who tried to stop him. 

First responders searched the area where witnesses last saw the man, but couldn’t locate him.

But a day later, 34-year-old Michael Powers, of Boston, was arrested without incident by Boston police officers less than a mile away from the site of the attack.

The alleged assault raised concerns with some area residents.

"It does concern me. But I'm fairly used to it," one woman said. "I feel I see all types of things happening in the neighborhood."

Despite the incident people say the area is getting a bit safer.

"It's so much better than it was. When I was here 30 years ago, before I left for California, this was the Red Light District all the way to Chinatown," one man said.

Powers faces charges of kidnapping, assault and aggravated assault and battery, police said. He was also wanted on several outstanding warrants out of Boston, Brockton and Lowell courts, including an assault charge, breaking and entering and drug possession.

It wasn't immediately clear when Powers would appear in court or if he had an attorney.

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