Boston police are asking people to be vigilant and to be aware of their surroundings after an assault and battery on a woman in the North End early Saturday morning.
When officers responded to a report of an assault and battery at about 3:30 a.m., a woman told them she had been sitting on the front steps on Salem Street when a man approached her and asked for a light, police said in a statement.
The victim said she spoke to the man for two to three minutes. When she got up to leave and turned her back, she told police, the suspect grabbed her in what she described as a chokehold. The woman began screaming, and the man let her go and fled on foot, police said.
Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s, about 5-foot-10, with a medium build, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.
Police asked anyone with information on the case to contact detectives at 617-343-4248.
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