Hunt on for predator wearing ‘Ghillie suit’

Detectives have stepped up investigations into the sexual assault of a girl and the attempted abduction of a teen on the NSW Central Coast.

It’s been revealed, both cases involved a man wearing camouflage clothing (pictured below)

The first incident took place while a 12-year-old girl was walking to school in Narara, about 7.45am on Monday 15 May.


ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT


She was grabbed from behind while walking along a pathway between Reeves and Carrington Streets.

The man took her into nearby bushland, restrained her with cable ties, and sexually and indecently assaulted.

After the horrific ordeal, the girl ran to school and reported the incident.

She was taken to hospital for treatment and has since physically recovered from her injuries.

On Sunday June 4, an 18-year-old woman was grabbed around the neck while she was walking along Narara Valley Drive and into the laneway leading to Koninderie Parade, near Narara Railway Station.

The woman told police she kicked back at the man, breaking free from his grip, and ran toward Koninderie Parade calling out for help.

Both victims described the man as being aged in his mid-20s, 175-180cm tall, with a chubby build, grey/blond hair, and blue eyes.

They also described various items of camouflage clothing (similar to pictured).

With the assistance of the girls, detectives have been able to piece together the outfit the man was wearing at the time of the first incident.

Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Linda Howlett, urged the community to take the time to have a good look at the items to see if they recognise anything familiar.

“As you can imagine, it has been a difficult process, particularly for the younger girl, who has bravely relived the incident over and over to help us,” Det Supt Howlett said.

“The clothing was described as a ‘3D, leafy Ghille suit’, which is quite distinct, but it is widely available and may not necessarily have been purchased at the same time – or even purchased recently,” she added.

Detectives also believe the man involved in the incidents would be very familiar with the Narara area.

“The incidents occurred in areas that are well-used by locals, and would require a certain amount of familiarity to be in the right place at the most opportunistic time.”.

“It would be difficult to get around suburbia wearing these clothes without drawing attention to yourself, so we believe he’d know the best routes to use to go unnoticed.”

Anyone who knows someone who fits the description and who would have access to an outfit like this is urged to get in touch with Police.

Members of the public are urged not to approach the man if sighted, but to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.