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Police increase patrols after 2 women are attacked at gunpoint in Dorchester

By Travis Andersen
Globe Staff / September 19, 2011

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Two women reported being assaulted at gunpoint early yesterday in separate incidents in Dorchester and gave similar descriptions of their attacker, police said.

Boston police said in a statement that officers responded at about 2 a.m. to the sites of the two reported attacks, about a half mile apart - one near the Savin Hill MBTA station and the other at the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Harbor View Street.

The victim near the T station said her assailant threatened her with a gun and sexually assaulted her; the other woman said that a man brandished a gun and tried to assault her before fleeing, police said.

In both cases, the assailant was described as a stocky, muscular black male wearing a baseball cap with a B on the front, a dark-hooded sweatshirt, and dark jeans.

Police searched both locations but could not find anyone matching that description.

Additional officers are now patrolling the area, police said.

Officer Eddy Chrispin, a Boston Police Department spokesman, said yesterday that it was too early to say if either attack was captured on surveillance cameras.

He said he did not know the victims’ ages.

Yesterday afternoon outside the Savin Hill station, Evangeline Soucie, 18, of Dorchester, appeared unfazed by the news and said strange men have approached her in the neighborhood on three separate occasions.

Soucie said she ignored the men and that she is always ready to defend herself.

“I think women should . . . try to fight and not get all scared,’’ she said, adding that predators “pick on the innocent who look like they’re not going to do anything.’’

At the scene of the other attack, Diane Johnson, 50, of Quincy, said she was upset to learn about the attacks.

She said she was visiting her sister in the neighborhood and would alert her about the incident.

“I’m going to let her know that she has to be careful because there’s a man running around here,’’ Johnson said. “They need more security out here.’’

Jennifer Laguerre, 54, of Dorchester, who was outside a hair salon near the intersection where the attack occurred, said the neighborhood was safer when she moved there in the late 1980s.

“I used to be walking this road any hour of the night’’ to get home from work, Laguerre said. But now, “I really wouldn’t be walking it [at night] any more.’’

Police issued several tips yesterday for guarding against predators, including carrying a cellphone, walking in groups at night, and keeping a whistle within reach for use in threatening situations.

“If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape,’’ the statement said.

Police urge anyone with information about either attack to call the Sexual Assault Unit at 617-343-4400 or the Area C-11 (Dorchester) detectives at 617-343-4335.

Anonymous tipsters can call the department’s CrimeStoppers tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.