MIT police investigating alleged assault during burglary at fraternity

It is the third assault reported at the university during the month of May.

Police at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they are investigating an alleged assault that took place during the course of a burglary Sunday at a campus fraternity.

It is the third alleged assault being investigated by authorities at the university within a month.

Police say they responded around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday to a report of an unknown man at Phi Kappa Theta at 229 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston. A woman told officers she was asleep on an upper floor of the house when she “awoke to someone touching her leg.”

“As she awoke, she noticed the unknown individual stand up, flee the room, and run down the rear stairwell,” police said.


Earlier this month, a woman reported being raped at an MIT frat party on May 19.

Another woman alleges she was raped in a dorm on Amherst Alley during the early hours of May 5. She told police she was talking to the suspect at a party at an MIT dorm earlier in the evening.

“The next thing she remembers is waking up next to the individual in his dorm room,” police said. “Perpetrator denied that anything sexual had transpired. Due to her injuries, victim later sought medical attention and reported bruising to the police.”

MIT police say the three incidents remain under investigation and reminded the campus community to lock doors and windows and to utilize the Blue Light emergency telephones on campus.

“The MIT Police want to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city,” the department said on Sunday.