On March 9 at approximately 2 a.m., a female unaffiliated with the University reported to the Cambridge Police Department (CPD) that she was the victim of an attempted abduction near 80 John F. Kennedy St.
The female stated that an unidentified male had been following her in a vehicle with its lights off from the time she left the Harvard Square MBTA stop. The male then pulled the vehicle over near 80 John F. Kennedy St., exited the vehicle, displayed a gun (later determined to be fake), and attempted to get the female to enter the vehicle. The female screamed for help and struggled with the suspect. The suspect fled the scene when a security guard at the Kennedy School of Government, alerted by the victim’s screams, came to her aid. A search by the Cambridge, Harvard, and Massachusetts State Police departments failed to locate the offender.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 225 pounds, and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and baggy jeans. The suspect was operating an older Honda Accord (late 1990s) colored silver/purple with silver custom rims.
Because this incident did not occur on University property, the investigation is being handled by CPD.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact CPD, Criminal Investigation Division, at (617) 349-3370.
If at any time you observe any type of suspicious activity or have been the victim of a violent crime, regardless of the location of the incident, please notify the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) immediately at (617) 495-1212.
HUPD would like to remind members of the community to be vigilant while walking throughout campus and surrounding areas both at night and during the day, and to take appropriate precautions such as walking with others and utilizing the shuttle bus and walking escort service. Students, faculty, and staff also may call HUPD at (617) 495-1212 if they believe they are in danger while waiting for transportation due to the hour or circumstance. HUPD will assist with transportation whenever appropriate.