State Police report they and Boston Police are looking for "a group of around 10 juveniles, ranging in age from elementary-school age to teenager" they say have been attacking people along the Southwest Corridor Park in Jamaica Plain.
In addition to attacking people, they have been stealing phones and other electronics from their victims, State Police say.
State Police do not say when the attacks started, but one bicyclist who regularly uses the Southwest Corridor path reports two over the attempted attackspast month: On Sept. 25, Matthew Wilding tweeted:
What’s the deal with teenagers harassing cyclists on the bike path behind Jackson Sq? It’s never happened to me in 17 years and it’s suddenly happened twice in two weeks.
Another bicyclist reports today:
I rode through there last week and had maybe a 10 year old throw a broken metal Razor scooter at the back of my bike. Came close to going through the back wheel and made some good scuffs on my frame.
State Police say that they and their BPD counterparts have stepped up patrols in the area - State Police are responsible for the Southwest Corridor, Boston for the surrounding areas. And they add that until they or BPD catch up with the kids:
Pedestrians who travel in that area are urged to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to not to openly display phones or other electronics. Anyone who feels that his or her safety is threatened should call 911, as should anyone who observes suspicious people or activity.