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Sexual Assault Reported on Minuteman Bike Path

The alleged assault occurred Friday afternoon.

Minuteman Bikeway. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Minuteman Bikeway. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A girl reported that a teenage male grabbed her backside Friday afternoon on the Minuteman bike path in Arlington when she bent over to tie her shoe.

She told police the male, who was about 13-15, made sexually-oriented comments about her appearance during the incident. She said she immediately told the boy to leave her alone. After, the boy allegedly said he wanted to be her friend and advanced toward her. She said she kicked him in the knee and ran off, and he did not follow.

The alleged assault occurred at about 3:30 p.m. near the bike path’s intersection with Lake Street in East Arlington. The girl said she was running westbound with a group when her allergies caused her to drop back alone. No one else witnessed the incident, she said.

The girl reported the assault after she returned home, more than an hour after it occurred.

She described the boy as a white male, about 5-foot-5 with a thin build. He was wearing a backward blue baseball hat, big black sunglasses, a white T-shirt and khaki cargo pants, she said.

Meg Muckenhoupt June 04, 2014 at 02:22 PM
@Waverly Watchdog - The Minuteman starts at exactly the same place as the Alewife-to-Brighton-Street Path in Belmont. I don't understand why you think a path to Belmont Center would bring a crime wave when a path that starts across the street hasn't brought a crime wave to Arlington--or to Brighton Street Belmont in the past year.
David Chase June 04, 2014 at 02:24 PM
There's a path into Somerville, too, leading directly from Alewife/Rindge, and there's no particular crime along it. A path into Belmont would be very much like the Minuteman Bikeway which generally has no particular concentration of crime. If a single not-that-serious assault was all it took to shut down a public way, we'd have no roads, no sidewalks, no nothing. There was an assault on Channing Road on the 27th of April -- does this mean that we should close that road? Why not, if a single incident is all it takes to make the case for you? I've never understood this Goldilocks theory of bikeway crime -- as if the crooks were not interested in taking roads (actually, they like roads, that is clear from the crime stats), were not interested in sneaking up the existing RR tracks, but a bikeway is juuuust right for crime.
Waverly Watchdog June 04, 2014 at 02:31 PM
Bikeways are a more attractive avenue for young punks on ten speeds. Police cars cannot chase them along a bike path, and they can easily outdistance a Belmont cop on a bike. The area around Belmont Center is a far richer target environment.
David Chase June 05, 2014 at 08:32 AM
Young punks on mountain bikes can ride along the RR ROW right now, and it's even less accessible to the police. I don't think this alleged potential for crime is an actual problem, else we would already have it (and so would Arlington; their center has a lot more business than ours, and the stores are much the same). If a path was paved and fenced, not only would we have more control of movement up there, we could also easily patrol with a police motorcycle, an electric-assist bicycle, or perhaps the BPD could be a little more fit than you think and just catch them on regular bicycles (young punks are not supermen; it takes dedicated exercise for a kid on a bicycle to reliably outrun a fit adult. I did once race, we young punks came nowhere close to beating the adults. Your hypothetical criminals have quite the work ethic.) I saw the before-and-after on the path between Brighton and Alewife. "Before" (unbuilt) had aspiring juvenile delinquents smoking, drinking, and smashing bottles, and homeless building campfires in the middle of the path. "After" (paved, fenced) has a steady stream of regular people out jogging, teaching little kids to ride bikes, out looking at the new nature/water retention area, and commuting to/from Alewife. The riff-raff have vanished.
Waverly Watchdog June 05, 2014 at 08:55 AM
More pie-in-the-sky promises. Just like the McLean "Buy-Down". A lot of glowing rhetoreic, eventually convincing gullible and inattentive TMMs. But when it comes to ACCOUNTABILITY for actually KEEPING promises, you are NOWHERE to be found. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ WHAT has any Taxpayer gotten foir the $1,000,000 paid to McLean???? NOTHING!!! And the bike path may ONLY benefit the very few bicycle zealots, like Brownsberger, and be a REAL detrriment to Belmont Center and abutting residential areas. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Progressives are ALWAYS very free with Other Peoples' Stuff.

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