WALTHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) —Authorities in Waltham are warning the public to be on alert, due to a sexual assault reported inside an apartment earlier this month which appears to have been random.
According to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Waltham Chief of Police Keith MacPherson, a preliminary investigation found that on the evening of June 13 into the early morning of June 14, a woman in her 50's was sexually assaulted inside her apartment at the Ridge Apartment Complex at 55 Ridge Lane in Waltham.
The woman had reportedly returned to her apartment shortly after 11:00 p.m., after walking her dog. Once back inside her apartment, she was physically and sexually assaulted by a man who had apparently entered her home undetected while she was outside.
Investigators believe the suspect may have been in the victim’s home for several hours during the attack. At this time, authorities said it does not appear the attacker was known to the victim.
“This very serious assault is especially concerning because it appears to be a random act," said DA Ryan. "As we continue our investigation, we want to remind members of the public to remain vigilant. People are encouraged to exercise caution in the apartment complex and neighboring areas. Always be aware of your surroundings, if possible avoid walking alone when it’s late or dark and immediately call 911 if you feel unsafe or see something concerning.”
According to Chief MacPherson, “crimes of this nature are exceedingly rare. The Waltham Police have increased patrols in the area to help ensure the safety of the residents.”
Authorities said members of the public who have seen anything concerning in the area of the assault or have any information that would be helpful to investigators should contact the Detective Division at 781-314-3550.
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