September 16, 2021

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38-year-old Francisco Romero of Chelsea arrested in connection with sexual assault in Boston Public Garden, police say

A 38-year-old Chelsea man was arrested early Wednesday in connection with a sexual assault reported in the Boston Public Garden earlier this month, according to police.

Members of the Boston Police Department Fugitive Unit arrested Francisco Romero near 31 Library St. in Chelsea around 5:15 a.m., the department said in a statement.

Officers responded to a radio call around 2 a.m. on Nov. 8 about the sexual assault in the area of 2 Charles St., according to the statement.

“Upon speaking to the victim, detectives learned that the suspect had encountered the victim in the area of Bromfield Street, where he forcefully brought her through the Boston Common into the Public Garden where he sexually assaulted her,” the statement said.

Since Nov. 8, police have released multiple images as well as footage of the suspect. The video showed him wearing a black jacket, a yellow hoodie and a baseball cap as he walked by a row of tables and chairs.

Romero was arrested on a warrant out of Boston Municipal Court charging him with aggravated rape, assault by means of a dangerous weapon and kidnapping, according to the department.

The Boston Police Department noted survivors of sexual assault seeking confidential advice from non-law enforcement agencies can call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) at 1-800-841-8371.

Individuals can also go to the organization’s website to learn more about the free and confidential counseling, case management, legal and medical advocacy services it provides to survivors in Greater Boston.

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