Sunday, May 19, 2024

Disturbing press release from the District Attorney’s Office:

A Cambridge security guard has been indicted on charges alleging that he sexually assaulted a female victim outside the Cambridgeside Galleria, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

Elisee Myrthil, 27, of Hyde Park, was indicted by a Middlesex County grand jury on charges of assault to rape and indecent assault and battery.

He will be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn On March 7.

“This defendant allegedly attacked a female victim who was unknown to him, with the intent to rape her,” District Attorney Leone said.  “Additionally, what is truly troubling, is that the defendant worked as a security guard- a position in which he was entrusted to help protect area businesses and the general public.   We commend the Good Samaritan who heard the victim’s screams and immediately contacted authorities on her behalf.”

According to authorities, on November 11, 2011, at approximately 2:02 am, Cambridge Police and security at the Cambridgeside Galleria responded to a report of a woman yelling for help.  When police arrived at the location, there was no sign of the victim.

Authorities launched an immediate investigation into the incident.  Authorities obtained copies of surveillance video from the Galleria the night of the alleged incident.  The video allegedly depicts the defendant, who worked as a security guard for a security company that works in the buildings around the Cambridgeside Galleria, walking with the victim towards the rear entrance of the Galleria after turning from Thorndike Street in Cambridge.  As the defendant and the victim neared the rear doors of the Galleria, the video shows the defendant allegedly grab the victim, force her on to her back on a table and sexually assault her.  The victim was able to get up and the defendant is alleged to have walked with her and pushed her down again onto another table.  When the victim was able to get up again, the defendant allegedly threw the victim to the ground and sexually assaulted her again.  The video shows a female witness enter the area with the defendant fleeing the scene.

The victim was able to walk to a nearby hotel where staff contacted police.  The victim was transported to Cambridge Hospital later that day where she was treated for her injuries.

The defendant was arrested on November 13, 2011 and arraigned on November 14, 2011 where he was ordered held pending a dangerousness hearing.  On November 17, the defendant was ordered held without bail following a dangerousness hearing.   He was indicted by a Middlesex County grand jury on February 16.

There charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Nicole Allain. The Victim Witness Advocate is Helena Clarke. This case was investigated by the Cambridge Police Department.