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Woman sexually assaulted in South Boston

Police are warning South Boston residents about safety after a woman was sexually assaulted while she was walking home Sunday morning, and they are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the assailant, who fled on a black mountain bike.

The woman was walking near West Second Street between D and E streets when an unidentified male “grabbed her and groped her from behind,’’ Boston police said. The incident took place around 2:25 a.m. Sunday, police said.

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The man was described by the victim as tall and muscular, with a medium-brown complexion and “scruffy” facial hair, according to police. He was wearing a dark, sleeveless, hooded sweat shirt.

Police posted suggestions on how people can protect themselves at bpdnews.com.

No further information was immediately available.

Police asked anyone with information to call the Sexual Assault Unit at 617-343-4400.

Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.
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