Police arrest suspect in Public Garden assault


Domenic Conte

The Boston Public Garden.

By Charlie McKenna and Diana Bravo

Boston Police arrested a man Wednesday in connection to an alleged assault in the Public Garden last week.

Francisco Romero, 38, was charged with aggravated rape, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and kidnapping. Police arrested Romero around 5:00 a.m. after a week-long search during which they shared pictures of the suspect with the public.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 8, Romero allegedly met the victim at the corner of Bromfield and Charles St. before forcefully taking her to the garden and assaulting her. 

Romero was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court Wednesday and ordered to be held without bail.

This incident marks the second reported assault in the garden this semester. Police arrested 30 year old Luan Maxwell in September following a foot pursuit.