PREDATORS ON PROWL – Tuesday December 4 2012

– Random sexually motivated attacks have sparked fears about predators targeting women walking alone on the street.

Two attacks on the same day last week, both involving opportunistic attacks, have police worried about increasingly violent assaults on our streets.

A woman, dragged from Swanston Street yesterday and sexually abused on Melbourne University’s city campus, labelled her attacker “pathetic”.

The other attack, in Canterbury, is believed to be a serial sex predator who targets women getting off public transport.

Police believe he has struck eight times in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs since August 3rd, with other attacks occurring in Lower Templestowe, Doncaster, Box Hill, Balwyn North and Camberwell.

The 21-year-old, attacked as she walked along Swanston Street, said she had been left “spooked out” by the assault. She had been at a nightspot in the city on Sunday, November 25th, leaving at 3 am, intoxicated and looking for the NightRider bus to take her home.

But she said a wrong turn led her towards Parkville, where she was attacked and too afraid to scream when two women walked past the bushes where she was dragged by the stranger and into a garden bed near Masson Road about 3 am.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, said she was punched to the abdomen after she pleaded with him to let her go.

Police are hopeful CCTV footage of the attacker walking beside the woman will lead to a breakthrough.

Police want a man wearing a suit, who may have seen part of the assault, to come forward.

Detective Senior Constable Heidi Edmond said that women should avoid walking alone.

She said police considered it to be an isolated incident.

Detective Inspector Paul Binyon said police were increasingly alarmed about the string of assaults that had left women on high alert after the Riversdale Road attack.

Detective Inspector Binyon said there was strong evidence to suggest the sexually motivated attacks could also become more violent.

The offender is described as of Asian appearance, aged in his 20s, slim, about 178 cm tall. The Swanston Street attacker was also described as being of Asian appearance, about 165cm tall and of medium build – Anthony Dowsley


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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