Saturday, 2:15 PM
Police release new sketch of Esplanade sex assault suspect
Police used new high-tech methods to generate this image of the suspect.
By Globe Staff
Law enforcement officials today issued a new sketch of the man believed responsible for two sexual assaults on the Esplanade last year, urging witnesses to step forward to help them solve the case.
The officials also warned people that, with warmer weather arriving, they should remain alert, especially in isolated areas late at night.
Officials believe that the man committed the June 16, 2007 sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman on the Esplanade and the July 29, 2007 abduction on Beacon Street of a different 20-year-old woman, who was forced to walk to the Esplanade, where she was sexually assaulted and robbed.
Officials said they had also linked the man to a third crime: the July 29, 2006 sexual assault of a 30-year-old woman in the area of Joe Moakley Park in South Boston.
Suffolk district attorney's spokesman Jake Wark said the computer-generated sketch of the suspect had been developed by police with the help of the victim of the July 2007 attack and experts from Boston University.
Police Commissioner Edward Davis said in a statement that police hoped that the release of the image would provide detectives with new leads.
Officials also renewed their call for several witnesses to come forward who are believed to have been in the area around the times the crimes were committed.
"Our efforts depend on witnesses and their observations ... Your statements could help us crack this case," said Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
The victims described their assailant as a clean-shaven black man in his mid-20s to mid-30s, standing 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10. He was bald and had a medium to large build at the time of the attacks, police said.
Officials asked for anyone with knowledge of the crimes or the suspect to contact the State Police at 617-727-6780, the Boston Police CrimeStoppers tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS, or text the word "tip" to CRIME (27463).
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