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A man who police say forced a woman into her Boston apartment last week and violently sexually assaulted her is also facing charges for the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl in Winchester over the weekend.
Michael Purpura, 36, of Westwood, was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court on Monday on charges of aggravated rape for the Sept. 15 assault in the Fenway area, near Queensberry Street.
He was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Thursday.
According to the Suffolk County district attorney's office, Boston police obtained surveillance video of the suspect and identified him as Purpura after speaking with employees of a nearby business he frequented.
Purpura turned himself into Medford police on Sunday, after Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said he knew police "were on him."
Evans called the attack "vicious" and "unprovoked," and says he's glad the man is off the streets.
Police in Winchester say the day before Purpura turned himself into police he tried to abduct a 10-year-old girl near Skillings Field there.
According to police, Purpura approached the girl Saturday afternoon near the field and asked her what time it was. When she said she did not know, he walked away. He then reappeared a short time later and placed his hand over her mouth and picked her up off the ground. The girl kicked and tried to yell and was eventually able get away. She then ran to the field and found a group of adults, who called police.
Police say they were able to identify Purpura via footage from multiple surveillance cameras and are expecting to file charges soon.
With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom
This article was originally published on September 21, 2015.
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