Boston police are searching for a man suspected of assaulting three women in separate episodes near Porter Street and the Airport MBTA stop in East Boston early yesterday morning.
The first attack occurred about 4:30 a.m. after a man wielding a screwdriver approached a woman from behind, she told police. The suspect fled after a brief struggle, according to a statement released by police.
While police investigated the scene of the first attack, officers heard a woman scream and ran toward her but did not find the suspect.
The victim in the second attack, who also struggled with the suspect before he ran away, said the man had made sexually explicit statements to her as he approached.
A short time later, officers responded to a third assault, in which the victim also fought off the suspect.
The victims described the suspect as a light-skinned, Hispanic male, age 18 to 25, about 5 feet 7 or 5 feet 8 inches tall and 140 pounds.
They said the man has dark eyes and high cheekbones and was wearing tan pants, a dark T-shirt with red lettering, and a black baseball hat.
"Boston police are actively investigating these incidents," said Elaine Driscoll, a police spokeswoman.
"Officers are working hard to locate and apprehend this individual," she said.
Police have increased patrols in the area of the assaults, according to the statement.
The locations of yesterday's assaults are not far from where a woman was raped while walking home from her job at Logan International Airport just after midnight on Aug. 21.
Police ask that anyone with information about yesterday's assaults contact them anonymously by sending a text message to CRIME (27463) or calling 800-494-TIPS.