Sex attacker assaults a dog walker before the brave victim manages to stab him with his own knife
- A woman was attacked in Mayer Park in Thornbury in Melbourne’s inner-north
- She was taken to hospital for testing overnight but has since been released
- The sex attacker is on the run as police continue to search the park for clues
A woman who was sexually assaulted by a man at knifepoint managed to stab him with his own weapon before escaping.
The 32-year-old woman was attacked in Mayer Park in Thornbury, Melbourne, just after 10.30pm on Saturday.
Police have now released a computer generated image of the suspected attacker.
He is believed to be in his early 20s, medium height and build, with sandy brown hair.
Before the assault, the man asked her to help him find something, before forcing her to the ground and assaulting her.
Police have now released a computer generated image of the suspected attacker
She escaped and managed to seek help from a passing car after she stole the knife he was using and stabbed him.
Emergency crews received reports of an assault about 11.15pm and rushed to the park, as police and SES officers searched the area for evidence.
According to the Herald Sun, the woman was walking a friend’s dog as the attacker followed her into the park.
She first noticed he was acting suspiciously when he was walking ahead of her. She attempted to avoid him by going into the park, but he followed.
The woman was attacked in Mayer Park (pictured) in Thornbury just after 10.30pm on Saturday night
Detective Acting Inspector Jane Mitchell said the man was ‘on a mission’ but praised the victim’s bravery for fighting the man off.
‘She was very brave to act the way she did. She made an assessment on how to handle it and it turned out well for her,’ she said.
Det Act Insp Mitchell said the man saw the victim coming and was determined to pursue her.
‘When he saw she was trying to get away he appealed to her good nature in asking her to assist with a lost item. She did that and he was able to grab her,’ she said.
The park was closed to the public all night before it was reopened shortly before 7am Sunday.
Emergency crews received reports of an assault about 11.15pm and rushed to the park (pictured), as police and SES officers searched the park for evidence
Forensic officers were seen scouring the park as blood was found, and is set to undergo testing.
The assault comes after a slew of violent attacks on young women in parks or while in public in Melbourne.
Courtney Herron, 25, was found dead in Melbourne’s Royal Park in May as a victim of a ‘horrendous bashing’.
Arab-Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was raped and killed as she walked home in Bundoora in January.
In June 2018, 22-year-old Eurydice Dixon was stalked, raped and killed as she walked home through Princes Park in Carlton.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.