Suspect in South End sexual assault, home invasion appears in court

BOSTON (WHDH) - A man arrested in connection with a home invasion and sexual assault in the South End Tuesday appeared in court Wednesday.

Police said they  were able to make an arrest quickly because the suspect allegedly left a medication bottle in the bedroom of one of the victims.

Police said the sexual assault happened in a house near the intersection of Columbus and Clarendon streets.

The victim told police at around 4 a.m., an unknown suspect climbed into her apartment through a rear window. Once inside, police said he tied up two women and sexually assaulted one of them.

Police found out about the alleged crime nearly 12 hours later when one of the victims was at a nearby hospital.

Ronald Brown, 52, was charged with home invasion, kidnapping and rape.

Brown had his face covered in court due to identification issues.

“I’m glad the police worked so quickly and were able to get this right away and get him off the streets, but I think everyone else has to be careful,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said.

Brown is a registered sex offender. Prosecutors said he is currently living at the Pine Street Inn and has a lengthy criminal history.

He is pending held pending a dangerousness hearing.



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