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Woman attacked in North End building

The Boston Police Department issued a community alert Saturday afternoon after a man indecently assaulted a young woman early Friday morning as she entered her foyer in the North End.

The woman was attacked in the area of Unity Street at about 1 a.m. on Friday, according to the alert, when a man pushed his way into her foyer as she entered.

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He indecently assaulted her and took a picture with his cellphone before fleeing the area, heading toward Tileston Street, according to the alert.

The woman was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

The North End has been plagued in the past by sexual assaults. In the summer of 2011, police stepped up patrols in the area after a woman reported an early-morning attack in the area of Garden Court and Fleet Street.

Last summer, Beacon Hill was rattled by a spate of sexual assaults, and police increased their presence in the neighborhood.

The descriptions given in the earlier assaults do not appear to match the most recent North End suspect, but a Boston police spokeswoman declined to comment on whether police think the most recent attack may be related to any earlier attack, or on whether there have been any other sexual assaults reported in the area recently.

In the alert, police described the suspect as a white man in his 20s with blue eyes, a medium build, short blond spiked hair, and possibly with freckles on his cheeks. He was wearing a dark pea coat, a dark hat, jeans, and trail boots.

Anyone with information should call the Sexual Assault Unit at 617-343-4400, or leave an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).

Police warned people to travel in well-lit and populated areas, avoid walking alone at night, and to remain watchful and not to be distracted by phones or music.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @evanmallen.
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