Women on alert after assaults in Allston, Brighton

Posted: 11/14/12 at 10:55 pm EST      Last Updated: 11/15/12 at 10:36 am EST

BOSTON (WHDH) -- Boston Police are warning women to be on alert in the Allston-Brighton area. Investigators say someone is throwing victims to the ground, lifting their skirts, and taking photos.

Boston University students received a warning via email about a man who's been assaulting women just off campus.

The attacks have been going on for six weeks.

University police alerted students for the first time Wednesday night. Undergrads are so shocked by the email that they could easily rattle off every detail of the attacks.

“It was a white or Hispanic male that was pushing females wearing skirts down, lifting their skirts up and taking pictures on the street. So we have to be careful and just to let them know if we see anything,” said Laura Carlier, BU student.

There have been five assaults in the last month and a half, and Boston Police believe they're all related.

The most recent assault was last Tuesday.

All the incidents happened late at night, around Ashford Street, and the victims are young women wearing skirts.

Students, now bundled up, say it's not exactly skirt weather anymore, but it's still unnerving.

Along with the warning to students, police are stepping up patrols in the Allston neighborhood

Even if it's unintentional, most students 7News found were already heeding the police warning.

“We usually do try to walk together. It works out so we’re almost always paired up,” said one student.

All of the attacks have been happening between midnight and 2 a.m.

Police do not have a suspect in mind and only have a vague description of the man.

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