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Rape suspect arrested on warrant by Boston police

Edwin Fantauzzi was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Boston Municipal Court for rape, assault with intent to rape, and assault and battery.BPD

Boston police arrested a Lawrence man Wednesday who was wanted for allegedly committing a rape in downtown Boston last Saturday.

Edwin Fantauzzi, 33, was arrested in Roxbury on an outstanding warrant out of Boston Municipal Court for rape, assault with intent to rape, and assault and battery, police saidin a statement.

Police said detectives from the Boston Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit obtained arrest warrants for Fantauzzi in connection with a rape in the area of Harrison Avenue that was reported at 6:30 a.m. on May 14.

Authorities didn’t specify the age or gender of the victim.

Police said they located Fantauzzi on Wednesday in the area of 39 Roxbury St. after a 911 caller said they recognized him from images shared by police on social media and with local news outlets.

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Fantauzzi was taken into custody at 1:36 p.m. following “a brief struggle,” police said. As he was being placed under arrest, police said Fantauzzi is believed to have “ingested a small quantity of an unknown, white, powdery substance.”

He was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated and was set to be booked upon his release, the statement said.

Fantauzzi was previously arrested in November 2018 in New Jersey on charges of assault with intent to rape a child in Boston.

He pleaded guilty in that case in March 2019 to charges of enticing a child under 16 and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, legal filings show.

He received a jail term of two years and six months in that case, with credit for 107 days spent in custody while the matter was pending, according to legal filings.

Fantauzzi is listed as a Level 3 sex offender by the state Sex Offender Registry Board, which says he also has a prior 2015 conviction on his record for indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 or older.

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The May 14 attack remains under investigation and police asked anyone with information to call detectives at 617-343-4400. Anonymous tips can be made by calling the CrimeStoppers tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS or by texting the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463), police said.

Police said sexual assault victims who wish to seek confidential advice from a non-law enforcement agency can call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center at 1-800-841-8371 or visit www.barcc.org.

Material from prior Globe stories was used in this report. Globe correspondent Nick Stoico contributed to this report.


Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney and on Instagram @emilysweeney22.