BOSTON (WHDH) -
Police are issuing a community alert for the North End after they received a report of a sexual assault.
At about 1 a.m. Friday, officers responded to the area of Unity Street in the North End and spoke with a female in her twenties who said she was approached from behind as she reached her front door.
She reported that the suspect then took a photo with his cell phone and fled the area towards Tileston St.
The victim was treated on the scene with non-life threatening injuries.
Police have increased patrols in the area and many citizens are on high alert.
"I usually am out walking by myself but usually I feel safe and now I'll have to be aware of what's going on more," said Maggie Parker, a North End resident.
Mayor Marty Walsh also sent out a warning, saying people need to be more vigilant.
"Women have to be more vigilant out there walking...Look around and make sure everything is okay," Walsh said.
Police are asking for the public's assistance in catching the suspect.
He's described as a white male in his twenties with a medium build, short blond spiked hair, clean shaven with possible freckles on his cheeks and blue eyes. He was wearing a dark-colored pea coat, a dark hat, jeans and Timberland-type boots.
Officials have released surveillance footage that show a person of interest who was at the scene of the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sexual Assault Unit detectives at (617) 343-4400.
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