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Man charged with armed robbery, sexual assault in East Boston

Officers with the Boston Police Department reported they arrested a 20-year-old East Boston man in connection with a sexual assault and armed robbery case that allegedly occurred on Nov. 22. The incident reportedly occurred in the Eagle Hill area around 1:44 a.m. as a woman returned home from work.

The woman reportedly told police that upon arriving home, a man pushed her up against a wall and demanded money from her while he allegedly held her at knifepoint. After robbing the woman, the man then allegedly sexually assaulted her before leaving with the stolen money.

Police officers located the 20-year-old man and claim he fits the description provided by the victim. The man was arrested and is facing charges of armed robbery, open and gross lewdness, assault with intent to rape and indecent assault and battery. Police stated they believe the man may also have committed a similar attack that occurred on Nov. 1, in which a woman walking home from work on Border Street was sexually assaulted and robbed. There is no information on what the man's bond amount is.

Felony charges can be very serious and potentially involve severe consequences. Those who are charged with a criminal offense have several constitutional rights, including the right to defend against the charges and to be represented by a criminal defense attorney. Charges are not evidence that a crime has been committed by a person, but when a person is facing serious charges, he or she may wish to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after the charges have been filed. By having an earlier start working on a case, an attorney may be better able to locate potential witnesses who may be helpful to the defense case.

Source: CBS Boston, "Man arrested in East Boston sex assault, armed robbery", November 23, 2014

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