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Attempted Unarmed Robbery in Brookline

Female student struck in the face


A female BU undergraduate was attacked Sunday night at approximately 10 p.m. by a man wearing a ski mask and gloves as she walked alone on Amory Street in Brookline. BU Police say the suspect, who appeared to be unarmed, emerged from a light-colored Honda Pilot SUV that was parked behind the victim. He grabbed the woman from behind and struck her in the face, then fled when dog walkers in Knyvet Park heard her scream and came to her aid.

The suspect then ran around the corner to the waiting SUV—which had passed the student and parked on Thatcher Street—and got into the front passenger seat. The vehicle, which had a dent in the driver’s side, headed toward St. Paul Street. Nothing was stolen from the victim.

BUPD Detective Lieutenant Peter DiDomenica says the BUPD is working closely with Brookline Police on the case and is adding extra patrols in the area of Amory and Thatcher Streets over the next few nights. “We have a very good working relationship and will collaborate to help them solve this case,” he says, “and then work to come up with strategies to make the area safer in the future.”

Brookline Police say the suspect is approximately 5’ 8”tall, with a medium build. His race and age are unknown. He was wearing baggy blue jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, and gloves. They ask anyone who sees a vehicle or a suspect matching these descriptions to contact either Brookline Police at 617-730-2222 or the Boston University Police at 617-353-2121.

DiDomenica advises students living on or off campus to follow some basic safety precautions:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Do not wear headphones or text on your cell phone while walking at night.
  • Walk only when you cannot get a ride. If walking is the only option, walk in a group.
  • Avoid poorly lit areas, even if it means adding a few minutes to your walk.
  • At the first sign of trouble, dial 911 or the BUPD at 617-353-2121.

BUPD urges students, faculty, and staff to report suspicious people and activity on or near campus by calling 617-353-2121. Students may also download the free MyPD app to report nonurgent activity.

Amy Laskowski

Amy Laskowski can be reached at amlaskow@bu.edu.

11 Comments on Attempted Unarmed Robbery in Brookline

  • Mark on 02.04.2014 at 8:18 am

    Great description of suspect. I know about 200 persons who fit this profile.

    • L on 02.04.2014 at 9:40 am

      Well, if the victim couldn’t see the suspect due to him wearing a ski mask and hood (as it clearly states he was, above) that’s probably about as good a description as we’re going to get.

  • Wow. on 02.04.2014 at 9:59 am

    This is really scary. I hope she’s doing ok.

  • Anon on 02.04.2014 at 10:18 am

    I hope that disgusting idiot is caught and rots in jail forever. It’s disgraceful.

    • Jspoinolrty on 02.04.2014 at 1:28 pm

      Woah, someone needs to calm down, it was an unarmed mugging, not murder.

      • Steve on 02.04.2014 at 8:29 pm

        Calm down? I think you need to get your priorities straight. I agree with Anon. Though his/her statement is a bit extreme, I can see where he or she’s coming from. That poor student was walking on her campus, a place where she is supposed to be safe, and attacked. She was hit in the face, and that probably hurt like hell. Imagine how frightened she must be now. She never asked for this. And now that jerk is on the loose. I can’t possibly understand how you can think this guy doesn’t deserve any jail time.

  • Brenda Occhipinti on 02.04.2014 at 12:14 pm

    As a parent of a freshman I worry about safety, but realize anything can happen anywhere at anytime
    I am encouraging my daughter to take a self defense class just to increase awareness and odds of getting away
    I encourage BUPD to advertise more of their self defense classes

  • NoTriggerWarning? on 02.04.2014 at 12:47 pm

    When will the madness stop??? Did you people learn nothing from last year??? Why were there no safety protocols that increased from the attacks last year?! disgusting!
    also i would appreciate a trigger warning before mentioning assault and posible rape, its very upsetting to not know what you area about to read and it would be respectful to the rest of the BU student body. thank you -K

  • Use Escort Service on 02.04.2014 at 1:01 pm

    On the back of your BUID there’s a phone number for a free security escort. Why doesn’t the article mention this and encourage students to use this service, especially if they are walking alone outside the main campus thoroughfares in the night?

    • EL on 02.04.2014 at 4:38 pm

      The escort service does not walk you past Egmont St. in Brookline (where this incident occurred.) As a BU student living off campus across from Knyvet, I find this really upsetting. Hopefully BUPD starts taking students that live off campus into consideration.

  • Katie on 02.04.2014 at 6:33 pm

    What do you suggest when walking is the only option but you don’t have a group to walk with? If this is the only suggestion, I agree that BU should consider offering escorts to locations off, but within walking distance from campus.

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