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Somerville Police Investigate Indecent Assault and Battery on Highland Ave

Somerville Police are investigating an indecent assault and battery that occurred early Thursday morning. At about 1:30 a.m., a 22-year- old woman was walking home, from the Porter Square area. As she turned onto Highland Avenue from Cherry Street, she was approached from behind by an unknown suspect who assaulted her indecently. The victim screamed and resisted, causing the attacker to flee.

The victim stated that the suspect, believed to be a male, was wearing all black clothing and a knit ski mask with no visible eye cutouts. The suspect fled on Highland Avenue toward Davis Square.

Somerville Police are advising women who may be walking alone to take several commonsense safety precautions:

  • Try to walk on well-lighted routes whenever possible.
  • Avoid wearing headphones or ear- buds, and refrain from listening to loud music so that you are aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Keep your cell phone accessible and avoid distracting phone calls.
  • If you think that someone is following you, try to get to a lighted area with other people.
  • Trust your instincts and avoid whatever feels to you like it could be a potentially dangerous situation or environment.

 Police have increased patrols of marked and unmarked cruisers in the Porter Square and Davis Square neighborhoods. If you see anyone with a suspicious manner or appearance, or you feel that you may be in danger, please do not hesitate to call 911 immediately.  

This incident has similarities to several other late night assaults on women in the past few months. Somerville Police are working together with Cambridge Police, Transit Police, Medford Police, Harvard University and Tufts University Police to identify and apprehend this suspect.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Somerville Police at 617 625-1212 or text 617SPD to Tip411.

 

Somerville Man Arrested Following Drug Lab Investigation

Somerville Police have arrested a Somerville man in connection with an investigation of an alleged drug lab that was operating in Somerville. Grigory GENKIN, age 29, a resident of the second floor at 19 Oxford Street turned himself in to Somerville Police, accompanied by his attorney. Genkin is charged with 1) Manufacturing / Distribution of Methamphetamine, 2) Drug violation near a School Zone and 3) Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act. He will be arraigned in Somerville District Court on Monday morning. Further details will be revealed at his arraignment.

On November 7th, Somerville Detectives, Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force investigators and Massachusetts State Police executed a search warrant at 19 Oxford Street in Somerville. In a day long search of the dwelling, Investigators recovered evidence that this location was being utilized for the production of methamphetamine. A large amount of materials believed to be hazardous were removed from the property by haz-mat specialists. Other items believed to be dangerous were detonated by State Police Bomb Squad technicians. Chief Thomas Pasquarello expressed his gratitude to the neighborhood community for their cooperation and support during the past week. This continues to be an active investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact Somerville Police.  

 

Somerville Police Investigate Indecent Assault and Battery

porterSomerville Police are investigating an indecent assault and battery that occurred late Thursday evening. At about 11:30 p.m., a 23 year old woman was walking to a friend’s home, from the Porter Square MBTA station. As she passed the area of Elm Street and Holyoke Road, she was approached from behind by an unknown suspect, pushed into a car and indecently Assaulted. The victim screamed, causing the attacker to flee.

The victim described the suspect as a white male, in his mid-twenties, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and was clean shaven. He was wearing a black hooded sweat shirt with the hood pulled up and possibly jeans. The suspect fled toward Elm Street.

Somerville Police are advising women who may be walking alone to take some common sense safety precautions. Try to walk on well lit routes whenever possible. Avoid wearing headphones or earbuds and listening to loud music. Keep your cell phone accessible and avoid distracting phone calls. Trust your instincts and avoid dangerous situations. If you think that someone is following you, try to get to a lighted area with other people.   If you feel that you are in danger, call 911 right away.

This incident has similarities to several other late night assaults on women in the past few months. Somerville Police are working together with Cambridge Police, Transit Police, Medford Police, Harvard University and Tufts University Police to identify and apprehend this suspect.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Somerville Police at 617 625-1212 or text 617SPD to Tip411.

 
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