BOSTON (WHDH) - Police are investigating after a woman said she was assaulted by a man who tried to take off her clothes while she was walking in the Boston Public Garden on Monday morning.

Officers responding to reports of an attempted sexual assault in the area of the Public Garden at 6 a.m. were told a man approached a woman who was walking in the park and put a hand over her mouth while making sexually explicit threats and trying to remove her clothing, according to police.

Those visiting the park said the allegations are troubling.

“It’s shocking, walking around here right now you would never think something like could happen,” said Sanjay Batel.

The woman was able to free herself and get away.

“We have a daughter going off to college who wants to be in the city next year,” said David Rome. “It just reinforces the need to be with a buddy and always let people know where you are.”

As police continue to look for the suspect, who they believe to be in his 20s or 30s, they ask that the public be aware of their surroundings, walk with friends when possible, and avoid distractions like talking on the phone or wearing headphones.

Anyone with information is urged to call detectives directly at 617-343-4400.

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