The Massachusetts State Police are investigating an assault that occurred on the Riverwalk along the Charles River in Waltham last night.
A woman in her 20s reported that around 8 PM last night she was walking on footbridge between Newton Street and Farewell Street near the Shaw’s supermarket. She heard footsteps come up behind her and then she was grabbed from behind by someone who tried to put his hand over her mouth.
The victim was able to scream and take evasive action. The assailant then let go of her and ran off. The woman turned and saw the assailant fleeing; he is deceived a male approximately in his 30s or 40s, with tan skin of average height and with an athletic build. He was wearing a baseball cap.
Units from MSP and Waltham Police responded and searched the area but were not able to locate the suspect. The investigation into the assault is active.
We urge the public to be aware of their surroundings and the presence of other people around them when walking in any public space. People should carry a cell phone, don’t wear headphones, and may also consider carrying pepper spray. If you see anything our anyone suspicious call 911 immediately. If you are assaulted, if at all possible scream, make noise, and fight back.