– A girl fought off a bike rider who tried to abduct her from her front garden.
Police believe the terrifying brazen attack in Reservoir may be linked to an attempted sexual assault of a woman in Fawkner last week.
Police say they were not absolutely certain but the description of the male offender was similar and the attacks happened 1 kilometre apart within days of each other.
The nine-year-old was grabbed as she put the rubbish out in Radford Road at 6pm on Tuesday.
She managed to wrestle free and ran inside to tell her mother. They followed the offender in a car but lost sight of him at the intersection of Halsey and Greig Streets.
Detective Senior Constable Erol Ali said the suspect was similar in appearance to a man wanted over an attack on a 42-year-old woman at nearby Fawkner on Friday.
The woman managed to escape when a man grabbed her and told her to take her clothes off as she walked along a bike path – Jon Kaila