Boston and State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office issued their warning today as colleges ready for new students and they are apparently no closer to solving a series of nighttime rapes along the Charles River.
Authorities recommended that joggers, cyclists, pedestrians, and others travel in groups if they visit the Esplanade at night. More specifically, they recommended that people in the area remain alert and aware of their surroundings, avoid one-on-one contact with strangers in the area, seek help if a stranger tries to isolate them, and not accept rides from strangers.
Police say there have been three unsolved late-night attacks along the Esplanade on women since 2006, along with a similar unsolved attack in Moakley Park in South Boston, all committed by a man described as a clean-shaven, bald black man in his mid-20s to mid-30s, between 5'8" and 5'10". The most recent attack was July 14, 2009, when a woman was attacked near the Massachusetts Avenue footbridge shortly after midnight.