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A Serial Predator Stalking Women


POLICE fear a serial attacker, who has assaulted seven women on Sydney's northern beaches, may soon strike again.
Northern Beaches Crime Manager Luke Arthurs said police were investigating two recent incidents with possible links to the series of October attacks.
Among the seven victims were three women the man violently assaulted in just 15 minutes.
Police believe he is ready to strike again. "To our knowledge there have been no other attacks since the alert went out, so it looks like he's in hiding for the time being," Inspector Arthurs said.
"We do worry he will strike again because the attacks were escalating in violence and intensity before he suddenly stopped."
The man targeted women carrying handbags and walking alone along Pittwater Rd, or in nearby side streets, between 10pm and 11pm.
On September 28 on Pittwater Rd, he physically assaulted a 39-year-old at 10.15pm, a 33-year-old at 10.20pm and a 20-year-old at 10.30pm. On October 10 at 10.20pm, he snatched a 23-year-old woman's handbag. Five minutes later, he robbed a 54-year-old woman of her bag.
On October 13 at 10.35pm, a 19-year-old was grabbed from behind as she walked along Pittwater Rd. She was sexually assaulted before the man fled with her handbag. At 11pm, a 32-year-old woman was grabbed from behind outside St Kevin's Church, on Oaks Ave off Pittwater Rd.
The man covered her mouth and indecently assaulted her before stealing her bag.
Because the victims were all approached from behind, they have been unable to provide a good description of the man.
But if detectives can link him to two other incidents recently reported, they believe they will have a better chance of catching him.
The incidents happened in the early stages of the man's spree before he graduated to physical and sexual assault only days later.
"In both cases a man has approached the woman and showed inappropriate behaviour," Inspector Arthurs said.
Dee Why Police are calling on women who may have fallen prey to the attacker but failed to report it to contact them on 9971 3399...1800 333 000.



The Sunday Telegraph (20-11-2005)
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