Woman Attacked Outside Charlestown T Station

The victim was hit with pepper spray and her purse was stolen.

[UPDATE Monday, 10:40 a.m.] 

A woman was attacked and robbed while walking home from the Bunker Hill Community College T stop Saturday night.

Boston Police responded to a call about an armed robbery at about 10:24 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24. The victim, a female, told police that she had arrived at the MBTA’s Orange Line train station and started to walk home when an unidentified while male wearing a dark jacket came up to her and sprayed her eyes with pepper spray, according to reports provided by Boston Police Sgt. Tom Lema.

“The suspect then proceeded to punch her approximately three or four times in the face, knocking her down to the ground. The suspect then took her pocket book,” Lema said in the report.

The suspect reportedly got into a gray minivan and drove away up School Street toward Main Street. He is described as a white male, 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black jacket.

Boston Police are investigating the incident. The department asks that anyone with further information about this incident call the BPD District A-1 detectives at 617-343-4571.

Chris B November 26, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Saturday, Nov 22? Of 2012?
Becca Manning November 26, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Fixed it. Thanks for the correction!
Owen November 26, 2012 at 06:42 PM
This is out of control. Given that the Community College stop has been the scene of more that one attack in recent memory, I think it's only fair to believe that a more visible police presence there is warranted. Or is the city too busy assigning them to construction details? I hope the victim is recovering and doing as well as can be expected. Something like this is extremely traumatizing.
TheMaskedTruthsayer November 26, 2012 at 08:24 PM
But the details are where da money is!!!!
Working Man November 26, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Doesn't the community college have there own Police ? I mean dont College's have police officers? I always wondered with the amount of attacks and robberies that happen there why doesn't the College or the T put a booth Like they have at downtown crossing on that Deck and have a police presence there say from 5pm to 5am .. Almost seems like a No Brain-er !!!!
mm November 26, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Why is it that this continues to happen at the college yet it is still not well lit, where are the cameras and where is police presence?? They have theirown security yet they are never seen except at their desk int he college. The area is very dark and completely unsafe. This is not the only area as people have been targeted near Phipps st and still same thing, lights, cameras and police. When is enough really enough and when are the people actually protected????
Rob O'Brien November 26, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Further details about the location of the assault would be helpful. It sounds as if the woman may have already crossed Rutherford at the time of assault. Is that the case. Did this attack occur near the Halloween attack on Lawrence St.?
BK November 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I agree more detail about the location would help identify possible solutions.
just thinking November 27, 2012 at 02:08 AM
billonelm November 27, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I would recommend that people avoid using the overpass,it's a perfect spot for an ambush type of attack.Walk from the T Station to the street side of the college to lower your chances of becoming a victim.I also want to applaud the young woman for her courage in coming forward
Just a person! November 27, 2012 at 02:40 PM
For once I will agree with Owen c. This IS out of control! The issue is not wether she was across the ave. or where it was , the issue here is the attacks! And protection against them. Let's think mmmmmm. MBTA police,Boston Police, College Police who is not doing there JOB! Do you think maybe ONE group could take responsibility for the area in question here? Wether it be the T stop MBTA police The walkway Boston police Or college property college police 3groups of enforcement getting paid to do a job ,and nothing being done! Another issue for ridiculous.com
ACKelly November 27, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Rob O'Brien November 27, 2012 at 02:51 PM
According to a news clip I saw, she was attacked between Rutherford and the 99.
ACKelly November 27, 2012 at 02:52 PM
This is awful. I feel terrible about the women who have been attacked in our town. Is there any word on the woman who was attacked on Halloween? Did security cameras pick up anything? Does anyone know of any self defence classes in Charlestown? Sorry for all the questions. This is the 1st time I have posted. I am around the same age as the woman who was attcked on Saturday, relatively new to Charlestown, travel by the T and often don't get home to Charlestown until 9pm at night.
glum November 27, 2012 at 04:21 PM
ACKelly - yes, I believe the Boston Police offer self defense classes - you should stop by the station located at the bottom of Bunker Hill Street. They also have public safety meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of every month - held at the station as well. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm. This is a good meeting to attend, the BPD is there and discuss recent robberies etc.. in Charlestown. It's a good opportunity to meet your neighbors as well as address any concerns you may have.
ACKelly November 27, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Glum, Thank you for that info. I will stop by the station. It would be good to meet my neighbours also.
clicker November 28, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Say what you will about the old days of "connected" guys, bank robbers, or the violence that occurred in the town then. It was never an innocent woman walking home from work. This town has changed in so many ways that it is unrecognizable. I am not condoning any of that old violent behavior, but more times than not back then, if you got beat up, you probably deserved it & were never a woman. Isn't that what makes Charlestown so appealing to the newcomers? The proximity to downtown & the fact things like this never happened here. Times change.
Working Man November 28, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I am willing to Donate some time anyone else feel like donating some time we will grab some coffee and hangout from the T stop to the 99 and make sure nothing like this happens again .... If we can get about 8 to 10 Guys willing to donate some time I am pretty sure we can solve this problem pretty quick. And before you all get crazy I am not talking about anything "OLD SCHOOL" lets just go down there and be seen until someone from the City, State or college steps up and does something. I have a wife and a daughter god forbid anything happen to them then it would be "OLD SCHOOL" time... email fromtheworkingman@gmail.com and lets setup a schedule!!
Ken Stone November 28, 2012 at 03:06 AM
A good attendance at the next monthly neighborhood police meeting would also be good.
Working Man November 28, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Why are women getting attacked there also ??
glum November 28, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Ken, I agree! I think the meeting should be announced on The Patch - so that people are aware of the time & place. I know it used to be posted, but I don't remember seeing it the past few months. Having a better attendance at the meeting - may help get the point across to the BPD and security at BHCC that something needs to be done.
BostonMaggie December 01, 2012 at 05:49 AM
First let me be clear, this woman is a victim who did nothing wrong & the only one to blame is her attacker. But let's look at this incident & try to put together some "Lessons Learned". The part that really struck me about "Michaela"s story was when she said she knew as the man approached her that something was wrong. Many security specialists will tell you that victims, particularly women often feel something is wrong, but don't act. It's largely attributed to how women are raised to be more compliant than men. They are expected to go along, be polite, not kick up a fuss. No one wants to be embarrassed. Even when something primal inside us says "RUN". I want to say to all women in Charlestown think about this now & decide that when your creep radar goes off you will act. Turn back to the place where you saw people. Don't stop when someone asks for the time, a dollar or directions. Not when you are alone at night. When you leave the well-lit & populated T station, zip your phone in your pocket or bag; take your ear buds out of your ears; pull your bag tighter; walk near the curb & be ready to step out into traffic to get attention; watch your shadow for people behind you. Look behind you, it's not paranoia, it's situational awareness. Walk purposefully & not with your head down. Avoid isolated, dark shortcuts. If you are worried about appearing rude, who cares? What? Is this stranger going to take you off his Christmas card list. Your safety is paramount.
Owen December 03, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Please stop with that mentality. This entire country has changed. The world has changed. It's not as simple as believing that the good old boys used to regulate back in the day.


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