| 12.04,19. 10:49 PM |
Hunt for man pushing pram down the street after sex attack on 10-year-old girl
Special Crime Detectives have released a computer-generated image of the suspect in hopes someone may be able to help identify him. Source: South Australia Police
The hunt is on to find a man pushing a pram after a 10-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in an Adelaide park.
The girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a man aged between 30 and 50 in public toilets at the reserve which forms part of the Blair Athol Sport Community Club, off Leslie Avenue, between 5pm and 5.30pm on April 3.
Detective Senior Sergeant Graham Tomkins said it “was an extremely brazen daylight attack”.
Her alleged attacker is described as being of Middle Eastern in appearance, with dark hair and a fringe that partially covered his forehead.
He also had two children aged 1 and 4 with him during the incident, and is believed to be a member of the local Afghan community as he spoke to the victim in her language.
South Australia Police released on Friday CCTV of the suspect pushing a pram in the area around the park.
“The vision shows there were a lot of people in the vicinity of the playground, including passing motorists, who may have had the opportunity to see the man with the pram,” Det Snr Sgt Tomkins said.
Police want to highlight the man’s clothing – a light-coloured top and dark shorts, and the side-by-side double pram he is pushing.
“We believe he walked in a southerly direction along Blount Street to the reserve on Leslie Avenue,” Det Snr Sgt Tomkins said.
“Detectives have worked tirelessly on this case since it was reported on Wednesday last week.
“We not only want to track down the man responsible for this horrible assault, but there is a real sense of urgency to make sure those two little girls that appear to be in his care are safe.”
Earlier this week the victim’s mum alleged her daughter was bound and gagged during the assault.
She told 7News her little girl’s eyes and mouth were covered with duct tape, and her hands were bound above her head.
The girl courageously fought back at the attacker by elbowing him before running away.
“She said, ‘My mum is outside’. He said ‘I don’t care’, I don’t care if your mum is outside’,” the woman told 7News.
Special Crime Detectives have released a computer-generated image of the suspect in hopes someone may be able to help identify him.
Police have also recorded a message in Hazaragi/Dari to appeal directly to the Afghan community who may be able to assist them.
Anyone with information, who was in the area of the Blair Athol reserve last Wednesday afternoon or evening on the April 3 or who may have dash cam footage from the area, is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers South Australia on 1800 333 000 or the online reporting page.