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After foot pursuit, police captain arrests suspect in attempted rape in Public Garden

The police captain in charge of downtown Boston and Charlestown captured a Boston man on Tuesday who ran off as officers were trying to arrest him for allegedly attempting to rape a woman in the Public Garden early Monday, police wrote on bpdnews.com.

Luan Maxwell, 30, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on a charge of assault with intent to rape and was ordered held on $20,000 cash bail by Judge Mark Summerville, who cited the defendant’s history of mental illness, missed court dates, and cases that were pending in the same courthouse before his arrest, court records show.


Maxwell was taken into custody by Captain Robert Ciccolo, who took over as the commander of Area A-1 (Downtown) and A-15 (Charlestown) this summer.

The woman told detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit that around 6 a.m. Monday she was walking in the Public Garden when she was accosted by a man who placed his hand over her mouth.

The suspect made "sexually explicit threats and attempted to remove an article of clothing on the victim,'' police wrote. “The victim was able to free herself from the suspect’s grasp and flee to safety.”

Maxwell, identified by police as the alleged attacker, was spotted about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday on Boylston Street but ran off as officers moved in to arrest him, police wrote. Ciccolo’s foot pursuit ended on Kneeland Street.

John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.