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Police Make Arrest in Indecent Assault and Battery Investigation

Somerville Police have arrested a 22 year old Somerville man in connection with several recent indecent assaults on women in Somerville and Medford.  Over the past two months, Somerville Police, working together with Cambridge, Medford, Transit and Tufts University Police and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, have arrested Alfredo Romero Posada after a two month long investigation of area assaults on women.  A special task force was formed to conduct this investigation since mid September.  The Task Force utilized surveillance teams, Decoy Officers and Saturated Patrols in the Davis Square and Porter Square neighborhoods.  Posada was observed in the Davis Square area on October 29th by officers assigned to this task force.  Surveillance officers were able to stop and identify him as a potential suspect as he was approaching a woman walking alone. 

As a result of that intervention, and the follow-up investigation, Posada was ordered by the Middlesex Grand Jury to appear in a line-up at Somerville Police Headquarters tonight.  Posada was identified by the victims of two Somerville incidents and one Medford incident.  He will be charged with three counts of assault with intent to rape and three counts of indecent assault and battery.   Posada was identified as the assailant in a September 10th incident on Wallace Street and a September 24th incident on College Avenue.  He will also be charged in connection with an October 22nd incident on College Avenue in Medford. 

Chief Thomas Pasquarello expressed his gratitude to all of the investigators and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office who worked long hours over the past two months to identify and apprehend this suspect.   “We are grateful for the courage and cooperation of each victim and the support that we have received from the community and our law enforcement partners” said Chief Pasquarello.  

Posada will be arraigned tomorrow in Somerville District Court.  No photo will be released at this time.  


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.  

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