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Arrest made in assault of woman outside Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

WCVB Boston logo WCVB Boston 10/14/2020
a man standing on a sidewalk: A man who is wanted by police in connection with an assault and battery outside the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston that happened on Oct. 5, 2020. © Boston Police Dept. A man who is wanted by police in connection with an assault and battery outside the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston that happened on Oct. 5, 2020.

A man accused of assaulting a woman outside the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston has been arrested.

Tyler Baker, 36, of Boston, was taken into custody Tuesday night on a warrant for aggravated assault and battery.

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Audrey Poehler, 19, told NewsCenter 5 that she was randomly attacked shortly after she dropped her mother off for a cancer treatment on Oct. 5.

"He just came at me, grabbed my neck and then punched me in the head," Poehler said. "It was totally unprovoked. I have no idea (why he did it)."

"This is a place that I still have to go to and I need to feel safe during my appointments," said the victim's mother, Tamatha Poehler. "I'm already stressed enough. I just want to know what was the purpose, like, why?"

Audrey Poehler was treated for a minor concussion at an area hospital.

She said she was ecstatic to learn that an arrest was made in the case.

“Immediately after I was assaulted, several good Samaritans ran after him, called 911 and protected me. Unfortunately, I was never able to thank them after, but I want them to know how grateful I am of their actions to help me,” she said. "Throughout this tragic experience I learned there are more good people than bad. I am astonished by everyone coming together to have my assaulter be held accountable for his actions. I pray for my assaulter that he learns through this process to become a better human.”

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