Epiphany School teachers lauded for halting attempted sex assault

Two unnamed teachers from the Epiphany School were given a loud round of applause at last Thursday’s meeting of the Melville Park Association for their role in thwarting an attempted sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl in broad daylight on Nov. 8.

Boston Police Officer Mike Keaney told the Association that around 1:30 p.m., a 17-year-old girl was walking on Sharp Street near the school when a man hit her in the back of the head with a metal pipe. He dragged her into a wooded area by the school and ordered her to remove her clothes and told her to shut up. The yelling attracted the attention of two teachers from the Epiphany School who intervened and ran to help the girl.

The man saw the teachers and dropped the pipe, running towards Centre Street. One of the teachers gave chase to him while the other consoled the girl. Police set up unmarked vehicles around the neighborhood with video descriptions of the suspect. Later on, he was found on Centre Street and arrested. The suspect— Naeem Patrick, 29— was held without bail at his arraignment last week.