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En Route to Off-Campus Residence, Female Student Sexually Assaulted

Update Nov. 3, 2016 11:54 a.m.: 

John King, executive director of public safety, said in an email on Wednesday that although 2000 Commonwealth Ave. is farther off campus than most on-campus housing, BCPD has several security measures in place. Currently, there is a security officer in the lobby of 2000 Commonwealth Ave. 24 hours a day, seven days a week. BCPD also habitually patrols the roads surrounding the residence hall. There is a blue light phone in the rear of the building, and there are several blue lights in 2000 Commonwealth Ave.’s parking garage.

King did not specify whether there would be increased security measures following the attack. There are already blue lights on Commonwealth Ave. on the Brighton Campus side, but no blue lights are on the opposite side because the land is not BC’s property. BCPD officers are instructed to have a presence where students walk, King said, which includes the stretch of Commonwealth Ave. between 2150 Commonwealth Ave. and 2000 Commonwealth Ave.

There is not, however, a security guard installed 24 hours per day outside 2000 Commonwealth Ave.

Update Nov. 1, 2016 12:26 p.m.: The Massachusetts State Police Department confirmed that the female student was sexually assaulted. According to MSPD, she refused medical attention.

A female Boston College student was followed and sexually assaulted on Sunday at 2:30 a.m. She was returning to her off-campus residence from Mary Ann’s, a bar in Cleveland Circle.

According to an email sent to the off-campus student community by the Boston College Police Department Sunday night, the student was walking behind 2000 Commonwealth Ave. when two males approached her.

A black male introduced himself as Jimmy and is believed to be between 5-foot-8 and 6-feet tall, with a flat-top haircut. The other male, who was not directly involved in the assault, was described as white with brown hair.

The suspect grabbed and sexually assaulted the student, according to the email. The student was able to break free and flee the area.

John King, executive director of public safety, said in an email that the Massachusetts State Police and BCPD are investigating the case given the reported location of the incident.

BCPD told students to avoid walking alone at night, to take advantage of Eagle Escort, to walk in well-lit areas, to know where to get help if they were to need it, and to report suspicious behavior and activity to authorities.

Featured Image by Julia Hopkins / Heights Editor

October 31, 2016