Boston Police report a woman sitting on the steps at 200 Salem St. around 3 a.m. Saturday was grabbed and choked by a man who first asked her for a light. The man let go and ran away when she started screaming, police say.
Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male in his mid-twenties, about 5'10" and a medium build. He wore a white t-shirt and jeans.
Dating back to 2008, several women have been attacked late at night in the North End, often by a Hispanic or Italian man who talks to them first, then attacks them, then runs away when they scream or fight back. In January, a woman was attacked by a Hispanic man who lunged at her with a knife.