Appeal For Victims After String Of Historical Sexual Assaults
Police are appealing for victims who may be "embarrassed, shy or scared" to come forward after a string of incidents believed to be committed by the same man.
NSW police are still hunting for a man believed to have carried out a string of alleged sexual assaults and acts of indecency on women in Wollongong between 2012 and 2014.
Five women have come forward with reports, but officers on Wednesday revealed they believe the same man may have committed similar offences elsewhere.
Strike Force Edkin was established to investigate the series of offences, after each of the incident reports described the man as being between 20-35 years of age, with a tanned complexion and approximately 170 centimetres tall.
The man was also described as being of skinny build with brown scruffy hair.
The first reported incident occurred on the 5th of February 2012 at around 10pm.
A 22-year-old woman walking along Ellen Street in Wollongong was allegedly grabbed from behind by an unknown male pushing a bicycle.
The man allegedly performed an indecent act on the woman, before she was able to break free from his grip. The man then fled the scene on his bicycle, according to police.
Three other incidents of alleged indecent acts occurred less than a month later, all on the 1st of March 2012.
In separate incidents around Northfields Avenue in Wollongong, between 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm, the man acted indecently towards three women before fleeing on a bicycle on each occasion.
The man was reported as wearing a fluoro-coloured high visibility t-shirt at the time of the three alleged offences in March.
The fifth reported incident occurred between 2:30am and 3am on New Years Day in 2014.
A 22-year-old woman walking along Fairy Meadow Beach was allegedly grabbed from behind by an unknown male and dragged into nearby bushland.
It's alleged the man sexually assaulted the woman before she was able to call out to a group of people nearby, and the man allegedly fled.
On Wednesday, police said fresh lines of inquiry had sparked the re-appeal for information into the assaults, with detectives confirming they believed the same man may have committed more offences elsewhere.
“We are appealing for any other potential victims to get in touch with police,” Wollongong Police District Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Brad Ainsworth said.
"We understand people may feel shy, embarrassed or scared in these situations, and we want these people to know that police officers are here to offer their full support.”
Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.
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