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Daylight Assault On Terrified Teenager

A BRAZEN daylight attack on a teenage girl in Sydney's west would almost certainly have been witnessed by members of the public, police said yesterday.
A 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted while walking along Beames Ave in Rooty Hill on Monday evening. The girl was with her 10-year-old brother when they were approached by a man armed with a knife who demanded money.
The man dragged the pair into a dense scrub area of the nearby Doctor Charles McKay reserve before assaulting the girl.
Superintendent Dave Hudson from Mt Druitt police said the attacker then forced the girl to take off her school tie, which he used to bind the boy and girl together.
He stole cash and a mobile phone from the siblings before escaping on foot in the direction of Mt Druitt train station.
The attack took place in daylight, about 6pm, and it was likely there were people in the immediate area who may have witnessed something, he said.
"People frequently use that area to walk their dogs or go jogging so we believe it highly likely somebody has seen suspicious activity," he said.
"We're appealing for anyone with any information to come forward and contact police."
The pair were able to free themselves from their bindings and then ran to a nearby home and asked for help.
Supt Hudson said the teenage girl needed treatment for a cut lip and finger, but the pair were otherwise unharmed and were recovering from the ordeal.
"They will both be starting back at school next week and seem to be doing quite well," he said.
Supt Hudson said the attack on the girl was extremely violent.
But it was not thought to be linked to the St Clair sex attacker, the man who has attacked 11 young girls and women in the nearby area in 2002 and 2003.
"It doesn't appear to fit - the descriptions are different and the method of operation is different," he said.
The attacker was described as being of Caucasian appearance, in his late 30s or early 40s, with a thin build, short red hair and a red beard.
He was carrying two backpacks and wearing a bright t-shirt, dark jeans and dark sunglasses at the time of the attack.
Supt Hudson said police had established strike force Meuller to investigate the attack.
Anyone with information is asked to call Mt Druitt police station/ Crime Stoppers - 1800 333 000.

AAP (4-2-2005)


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