Somebody attacking women in Union and Porter squares in Somerville

Somerville Police are alerting residents that three women have been indecently assaulted in evening and early night hours, mostly recently on Sunday on Hawkins Street in Union Square and Jan. 2 in the area of Porter and Sumner streets.

We wish to alert residents, especially women, to take safety precautions when walking at night. Do not wear ear buds while walking, avoid poorly lit areas, be aware of your surroundings. Keep your cell phone handy at all times, and if possible do not walk alone. If you are approached by a man you do not know, call 911 right away.

The Jan. 12 suspect is described as a white Hispanic male, 25 to 30, 5'6" with a medium build and brown eyes. He wore a a black zip-up sweater, a beanie cap with ear flaps, black tennis shoes and jeans and was carrying a gray back pack.

The Jan. 2 suspect was described as white, 20 to 30, 5'9" or 5'10" with a thin, athletic build and clean shaven. He wore a red ski jacket with black under the armpits and dark pants. The suspect fled from Porter St. down Francis St. to Conwell St.

Police say this description is similar to that of a suspect who indecently assaulted a woman on Porter Street near Elm on Nov. 18.

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    This happened about 3 months ago, actually.

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    The attacks took place in the same general area, as well.

    Come to think of it, I found a message of a recorded phone call from the City of Somerville Police on my answering machine when I came home last night, warning people, especially women to be wary, watch out, and not to walk alone, if possible, due to attacks (indecent assault, etc.) on women.

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    Never Safe around the Citys no more.

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    It's very sad when you can't walk around or go to work ,schools no more thinking what am I going to get raped, beat up an so on. It just Sikkens me that you have to keep looking over your shoulder at all times an worried if your going to make it home in 1peace coming home after working all day it's so sad to deal with life this way. );

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    Law needs to stiffen up.

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    Law needs to stiffen up. These criminals need good reason to think twice before doing things like this. 100.00 bail isn't enough..

    Not safe in the city?

    You know about mall parking lots and how dangerous those are, right?. Nobody can hear you scream.

    In any case, it is much safer now than in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Much safer. Don't let the increased ability to share information fool you into thinking otherwise.

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    I agree. I am born and bred

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    I agree. I am born and bred in Boston and know how to live in the city. That being said I am always very aware of my surroundings and everyone is suspect in my eyes.

    People need to be aware of their surroundings. Should you be able to walk alone at 2am with your iPod on? Yes. Is it a good, safe idea to do that? No. Be smart.

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    Please

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    From about Hyde Square onwards down towards the projects and Jackson Square had a major street crime problem during this period. A day didn't go by when Wasn't aware of someone getting jumped, women having their purse snatched, etc. There were even full scale riots caused by kids from the Curley on Centre St. We finally mobed after my brother got the snot beat out of himby a group of black kids from the projects on an mbta bus. I'll never forget opening the door at homefor him, he looked like a bucket of red paint was poured over his head.

    I'm a guy

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    and frequently walk from work to the train at all hours of the day. Most of the other people I encounter are women. I'll be honest and tell you it always makes me uneasy being alone with a women or child, and I always give them a wide berth. Even though I move faster on average than most of them, and will usually easily catch and pass them when walking, I make sure they realize someone is approaching from behind them, and if possible I'll even cross a street. It's a sad way to have to be.

    It's terrible how

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    It's terrible how inconvenienced you are when women are sexually assaulted on the street.

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    WTF

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    I never assaulted/raped anyone. Grow up. And if I witnessed an assault I'd absolutely interveen. And where the F did I say or imply I felt inconvenienced? Project much?

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