Police in Sydney have issued an appeal to track down a man they believe is behind more than 25 attempted or actual sexual assaults over the course of 16 years, Sky News reports. The man, who is believed to be aged between 45 and 64, targeted women aged from 14 to 55 in the eastern suburbs of the city between 1985 and 2001.
Victims told police the man was either armed with a knife or said he had one – and spoke with an Australian accent. Despite numerous appeals, all of the cases remain unsolved. New South Wales Police say the offences have been linked to one man through a combination of DNA and the way the attacks were carried out.
Detectives have tried unsuccessfully to find a match for the DNA profile in Australia and internationally. Now they have issued an appeal for information in an effort to finally bring the offender to justice.
Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent Mick Haddow, said: “For more than a decade, Strike Force Doreen detectives have been conducting extensive inquiries, which adds to the work conducted by their colleagues for 20 years prior.
“While we don’t believe any further offences have been committed by this man since 2001, we would always remind the community to be vigilant and look out for each other.
“If at any time you feel unsafe or unsure of your surroundings, please seek assistance, and if you have been a victim of crime, contact police immediately.” Investigators describe the man as being around 160-180cm tall with a dark complexion, dark wavy hair, brown eyes and a broad nose.
They say his physique changed over time – in the 1980s the attacker was described as having a thin build, while in the early 1990s he was reported as having a medium build. In the most recent sexual assaults he was described as being of an athletic or muscular build.
In all of the incidents the man kept his face covered, and wore casual clothing in most cases – such as tracksuits, hoodies and football-style shorts. Sydney police want to speak to anyone who lived in the area between 1984 and 2001 and remembers seeing a man matching their description acting suspiciously.