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Is It Him?

A MAN wanted by police over the alleged violent assault of two schoolgirls last month was arrested yesterday after allegedly attacking another girl.
The Sheidow Park man, 30, was arrested after his latest alleged victim, a 12-year-old girl, recognised his image on the front page of The Advertiser yesterday.
"Immediately, without any hesitation at all, she said that's him when I showed her the paper," the victim's mother said, hours after the knifepoint assault on her daughter at Coromandel Valley yesterday.
Yesterday's alleged attack came a day after police released details of a sexual assault on two teenage girls at Christies Beach, 18 days after the attack occurred.
The mother of yesterday's alleged victim criticised police for failing to make details of the assault public earlier.
"When I read about it, I Just got so angry. Especially when police said there was no risk," she said. "It's already happened once - I'd like to know how they thought there was no risk."
Her 12-year-old daughter was wallking along Main Rd, Coromandel Valley, about 8.30am when she saw her friends ahead.
She crossed the road and approached a footbridge. Halfway across, she was approached by a man who stepped out from behind a large tree and asked how she was.
"Then he pulled a knife out and he said pretty quietly to me 'don't run'," the girl, who cannot be identified, said.
"I was so scared, I Just started screaming and ran back. He followed me, but I kept running faster and screaming."
Alerted by her screams, nearby residents left their homes to see what was happening.
As the girl ran into a nearby house, witnesses saw a man get into a four-wheel drive and "scream off".
Several witnesses managed to get the vehicle's registration number as others comforted the girl and she called her mother.
"She was absolutely terrified and shaken," her mother said.
"I went to the school and spoke to the deputy principal and told him, 'I want everyone to know'. That's when I found out police were interviewing two other girls who'd seen him earlier," she said.
The Advertiser yesterday published a composite image of the wanted man after police appealed for the public to assist in identifying him - 18 days after the alleged attack.
Police said they did not inform the public earlier because they believed there was "no risk".
When telling a friend about her daughter's incident, the friend described news reports of the Christies Beach attack on two schoolgirls and told her to read The Advertiser.
"I went down to the deli and got the paper. I turned to show (her daughter) and she just took one look and immediately, without any hesitation at all said that's him," the victim's mother said. "I'm an overprotective mum and I listen to all the warnings, every time there's something in the news, I give her a warning and we have a talk about what she'd do.
"Everyone - parent and child - should know what's happening.
"If the information was released earlier and people knew what the man looked line, he might have been arrested earlier and this wouldn't have happened to my daughter," she said.
Sturt police arrested a man at his Sheidow Park home after tracing the vehicle. It is believed they seized items including a knife and clothing during a search of the house.
The man was charged with indecent assault, two counts of common assault and two counts of carrying an offensive weapon. He was refused bail and will face Adelaide Magistrate's Court today.
Meanwhile, police yesterday released details of several other assaults, including attacks in Walkerville and near Bowden station.
In the Walkerville incident, a schoolgirl was assaulted yesterday as she walked along Stephen Tce.
Police said a man standing next to a trade van asked for help to pick up items which had fallen on the ground.
As she went to help, the man grabbed at her clothing. She escaped.
The man is described as Caucasian, medium build, aged in his 30's with short brown hair and a full moustache. He was wearing blue overalls.
In the Bowden incident, a high school student was assaulted by two men near the Bowden railway station on July 20. The student only made a statement to police last week.
She was asked for money then forced into a black, early model two-door car and assaulted.
The first offender is described as Caucasian with a skinny build, about 180cm tall and was wearing paint- spattered overalls. The second man is described as fat, about l65cm tall and was wearing a black jumper and black tracksuit pants.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Adelaide Advertiser (10-11-2004)
Sam Riches


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