Cambridge Man Held on July 4 Sexual Assault

WCVB reports that at the request of Assistant District Attorney Cameron Merrill, the open bail of Joseph Lee “Vocals” Brown, 22, of Cambridge, was revoked by Judge David T. Donnelly and a new bail of $50,000 was set after Brown allegedly sexually assaulted a 19-year-old female near Soldier’s Field Road.

Brown, who was on open bail due to a separate assault and larceny case, was arraigned Tuesday in Brighton District Court facing allegations he raped a female acquaintance.
According to a investigation by Massachusetts State Police, Brown knew the victim and met up with her in Harvard Square before walking to the Charles River to see the fireworks. Police said the victim reported that Brown made many sexual advances, all of which were refused.

Brown then pushed the victim to the ground and began raping her, police said. The victim fled on foot and called a friend who contacted police, according to the victim’s statements. The victim was then taken to Cambridge Hospital where she received treatment for a minor head wound and a rape kit was administered.

Police soon after arrested Brown and brought him to the state barracks, because the area where the alleged attack took place is state property. Brown acknowledged he had sex with the victim but offered conflicting reports of the details, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office.

Brown was ordered to not have any contact with the victim and will appear in court on July 21.

Investigators do not believe Brown is in any way connected with the series of unsolved attacks along the Esplanade in the summers of 2007 and 2009.