UPDATE 5:20AM MONDAY | A MAN will face court today, charged with trying to rape a child in a public toilet at a shopping centre in Sydney’s south west over the weekend.
The 45-year-old is accused of striking a 12-year-old boy over the head and dragging him into a cubicle in a bathroom at a shopping centre off the Hume Highway at Bass Hill on Saturday night.
The man allegedly tried to have sex with the child but was forced to release the boy when two men walked into the bathroom. The boy ran out of the toilet and his attacker fled the scene.
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Police appealed for public assistance on Sunday afternoon and, within a few hours of releasing a CCTV image of the man, he was arrested.
In a statement released early this morning, police confirmed the 45-year-old was taken into custody around 7pm and has since been charged with assault with intent to have sexual intercourse with children between 10-16.
He was remanded in custody and will front Bankstown Local Court today.
SUNDAY: POLICE are hunting a man who allegedly dragged a child into a toilet cubicle and tried to molest him at a Sydney shopping centre over the weekend.
The terrifying attack took place at a shopping mall off the Hume Highway at Bass Hill on Saturday night.
Police said it was around 8.15pm when the boy walked into a public toilet and noticed a man standing in a cubicle with the door open.
“The boy quickly moved to leave the facility but the man grabbed him by his waist and pulled him into the cubicle,” a police spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday.
Police have been told the man struck the boy across the head while trying to pull him closer.
The man was forced to release the child after two men walked into the toilet.
Detectives have released a CCTV image of a man who they say may be able to assist with the investigation.
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Bankstown Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
NOTE: CCTV image has been removed.