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Brighton sexual assault is 3rd in 3 weeks

A female victim was sexually assaulted on Sunday morning in Brighton, according to the Boston Police Department. It was the third reported sexual assault in Brighton in the last three weeks.

Boston police spokeswoman Neva Coakley said the victim was walking in the area of Pratt and Ashford streets at 1:25 a.m., when a man approached her from behind and sexually assaulted her.

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“The victim further stated she screamed, and the suspect attempted to silence her with his hand. As a result, the victim believes the suspect’s hand was injured,” Coakley said in a written statement. “The suspect fled on Ashford Street in an unknown direction.”

Coakley did not elaborate on how the victim had injured the suspect’s hand.

Coakley said Boston police do not believe Sunday’s assault was connected to two assaults on Aug. 14, which police believe were committed by the same suspect. The description of the suspect in Sunday’s assault differed from the matching descriptions given in the earlier attacks.

The suspect in the Aug. 14 attacks also approached the victims from behind and attempted to silence them before fleeing.

The suspect in Sunday’s attack was described as a white man, 5 foot 10, with a buzz cut and medium build, and is believed to be in his mid-20s.

The suspect for the previous assaults is described as a white man in his late 30s or early 40s, 5 foot 8, with a slim build and short brown hair that is balding at the crown of his head.

Zolan Kanno-Youngs can be reached at zolan.kanno-youngs@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @KannoYoungs
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