Eerie footage captures the last moments before the woman was assaulted and sexually assaulted – as police search for her attacker
- Woman raped by man in NSW
- Police have released images of the man
Eerie footage has captured a teen’s last moments before she was punched in the face and raped as police searched for her attacker.
The 19-year-old walked alone down Bourke Street in Goulburn, in the NSW Southern Tablelands, on Friday night.
She was then approached by a man, thrown to the ground and repeatedly punched in the face.
The woman lost consciousness before being sexually assaulted.
Police have released CCTV footage of a man walking with a woman they would like to speak to for help with their investigation
The 19-year-old regained consciousness after the attack and ran to a nearby house where she asked a passing driver for help.
She was taken to a police station before being taken to hospital to be treated for facial injuries.
Detective Jayne Doherty says officers from the Sex Crimes Division of the State Crime Command have set up Strike Force Noobilia to investigate the case.
“Someone in Goulburn knows who this man is,” Det Supt Doherty said on Wednesday.
“We don’t want people to be alarmed, but they need to be alert.”
Police have released CCTV footage of a man walking with a woman they would like to speak to for help with their investigation.
The images show how the man and woman cross a street.
Police believe the Bourke Street incident may be linked to an attack on nearby Blackshaw Road last week.
Also, on April 5, an 18-year-old woman was punched in the face by an unknown man.
She managed to escape and went to hospital to receive treatment for facial injuries.
The man is described as being in his late thirties to early forties, about six feet tall, with a stocky build and a scruffy beard.
The footage shows the man and woman crossing a street before the woman was attacked
Detective Jayne Doherty, head of the NSW Sex Crimes Squad, said in both incidents the man approached the women and began talking to them before becoming aggressive.
“The approach wasn’t overly aggressive, he was talking to the women and then all of a sudden he gets aggressive, which is why they were caught off guard and knocked to the ground,” she said.
“Both conversations were different … it was a general conversation that allowed him to get closer to the women, we think.”
Superintendent Doherty said more police will be patrolling Goulburn at night to keep the community safe.
“We don’t want people to be alarmed, but they need to be alert,” she said.
‘Take precautions. So if you are walking at night, we recommend that you do not walk alone. Tell people where you’re going and walk past well-lit areas.’
Anyone with information about the two incidents is asked to contact police.