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Man arrested for allegedly attempting to rape woman in Public Garden; caught after foot pursuit

A man was arrested by Boston police during a foot pursuit Tuesday on a charge of attempting to rape a woman as she walked through the Public Garden in downtown Boston early Monday.

Luan Maxwell, 30, of Boston, is scheduled to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on a charge of assault with intent to rape, police wrote in a posting on bpdnews.com.

The woman told Sexual Assault Unit detectives that around 6 a.m. Monday she was walking inside the Public Garden when she was accosted by a man who placed his hand over her mouth.

The suspect made “sexually explicit threats and attempted to remove an article of clothing on the victim,” police wrote. “The victim was able to free herself from the suspect’s grasp and flee to safety.”

Maxwell was identified by police as the alleged attacker and was spotted Tuesday walking on Boylston Street in the downtown area where he ran off as officers moved into arrest him, police wrote.

Maxwell was taken into custody after the foot pursuit on Kneeland Street by the commander of Area A-1/15, Captain Robert Ciccolo.


John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.

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