A MAN wanted over the terrifying sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl who was grabbed from behind, dragged into bushes, tied up and assaulted on the NSW Central Coast is believed to have struck again.
The schoolgirl was targeted by the man who was dressed in camouflage gear, as she walked to school along a quiet bike path at Narara on the morning of Monday, May 15.
Police now believe the same man has struck again, following the attempted abduction of an 18-year-old woman near Narara Railway Station on Sunday afternoon.
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The woman told police a man in camouflage gear grabbed her around the neck from behind as she walked along Narara Valley Drive and into the laneway leading to Koninderie Parade after getting off a train around 4.30pm.
She told police that she managed to break free from the man’s grip after fighting back and kicking him.
The woman ran toward Koninderie Parade screaming out for help and called triple zero after the man walked away.
She described her attacker as being aged in his mid-20s, about 175cm tall, with a chubby build, ginger/blond hair, and blue eyes.
He was wearing a grey hooded jumper, long camouflage pants, and heavy black boots and had a loose covering over his face that exposed his eyes and nose.
The description is identical to that given by the 12-year-old victim last month.
“Based on the information at hand, investigators believe the incident is linked to the assault last month,” police said in a statement today.
The NSW State Crime Command has formed Taskforce Garawan to investigate the two incidents.
In the meantime, the Education Department has warned local parents and carers not to allow their children to travel to and from school alone.
Anyone with any information that could assist detectives with their investigation is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.