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Man sought in 3 attacks near East Boston T stop

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Sketch of a man police say assaulted three women in East Boston early Monday.   Pop-up Click to enlarge

Boston police released a sketch yesterday of a man they say assaulted three women in East Boston early Monday.

A man was questioned after the assaults, Boston police spokesman David Estrada said, but police are following leads and have not detained a "definitive suspect" in the assaults.

The three attacks happened near Porter Street and the Airport MBTA stop.

In the first case, a woman said a man approached her from behind at 4:30 a.m., wielding a screwdriver. The man fled after a brief struggle. As police were investigating that report, they heard a woman screaming and ran toward the sound. That second victim told police that a man had made sexually explicit statements to her and that the two struggled before the man ran off. A third woman reported a similar assault a short time later.

The assailant was described as a light-skinned Hispanic man with dark eyes and high cheekbones. Police say he is between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 140 pounds, and between 18 and 25 years old. He was wearing tan pants, a dark-colored T-shirt with red lettering, and a black baseball cap.

State Police said a man fitting the assailant's description was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge by Massachusetts Port Authority police in the Bremen State Park area about 10:40 a.m. yesterday.

He was questioned about the assaults but is not considered a suspect, said Lieutenant Eric Anderson, a State Police spokesman. He was held on immigration charges.

Boston police released the sketch last night to residents during a community meeting about the investigation at the East Boston YMCA.

There have been 15 sexual assaults in East Boston this year, Estrada said.

Police are asking anyone with information about Monday's assaults to contact them anonymously by sending a text message to CRIME (27463) or calling 800-494-TIPS.

Drake can be reached at jdrake@globe.com.

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