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
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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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
She was asked for money
then forced into a black,
early model two-door car
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)