Community Advisory - Putnam Avenue Assault and Battery

November 15, 2017


November 15, 2017 7:35 PM
The following alert was just released by the Cambridge Police Department.
Cambridge PD CITYWIDE Alert
Cambridge Police Investigating Assault & Battery in Area of Putnam Avenue and Green Street
The Cambridge Police Department is asking residents to be aware of their surroundings after a female reported she was assaulted by an unknown suspect on Tuesday evening at approximately 10:15 p.m. in the area of Putnam Avenue and Green Street.
The victim was walking down Putnam Avenue from Mt. Auburn Street by herself, when she felt the presence of someone behind her. As she turned around, a male suspect grabbed her around her shoulders and waist. The victim was able to free herself from the suspect and ran away.
The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 18-25 years old, around 5’10”, thin build, cleanly shaved with possibly blonde hair beneath a beanie cap.
“While we are actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and are putting extra attention on this area, we have not seen any recent incidents similar in nature to this event,” said Deputy Superintendent Leonard DiPietro. “Regardless, we want the community to be aware of these circumstances and encourage anyone with any information to please contact the Cambridge Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Section at 617-349-3370.”
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by text messaging Tip411 (847411) and begin your text with Tip650 and then type your message. You can also submit a tip anonymously via the MyPD app or call our 24-hour anonymous Crime Hotline at 617-349-3359.
To avoid being victimized, the Cambridge Police encourage women to take the following precautions when walking anytime of the day:
  • Do not wear earbuds, headphones, or listen to music while walking alone.
  • Always walk with a friend or in a group when possible.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts.
  • Walk with confidence on the street and at a good, steady pace. Keep your head up and observe your surroundings.
  • Don't look down at the ground.
  • If you feel you are being followed, show you are suspicious – Turn to look at the person. This sends a clear message that you will not be taken by surprise.
  • Change directions. If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and vary your pace. If the person following you is in a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.
  • Try to remember descriptive information about the suspect (height, age, race, etc.) to relay to police when reporting the incident.
More safety tips are available on the Cambridge Police Department’s website at
Date: 11/15/2017
Time: 22:19 UTC