Police are searching for a man accused of indecently assaulting a woman as she slept in a taxi before ripping off the cab door.
The incident happened at Palm Beach in the early hours of Sunday, August 25.
A taxi-driver picked up a 20-year-old woman in a maxi-cab in Broadbeach at around 4am that morning.
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A man then approached the cab and asked if they were heading towards Tallebudgera before jumping into the back of the cab.
Police say during the journey the man reached forward to the front passenger seat where the young woman was sleeping and indecently assaulted her for around two minutes.
The driver noticed what was happening when he went to drop the woman off in Tahiti Avenue.
The man then jumped out of the maxi-cab before opening the passenger door where he tried to force the woman out.
The driver then drove off quickly but the man had grabbed onto the maxi-cab’s sliding door, ripping it off its hinges.
Palm Beach Senior Sergeant Gavin Peachey said the assault was an extremely brazen attack.
“It’s quite brazen, the offender has taken advantage of a young lady in a vulnerable situation,” he said.
Sergeant Peachey said the woman only found out she had been assaulted when police told her.
“She’s obviously distressed by it, its not a nice thing,” he said.
“You’ve fallen asleep, you think your safe and then to be told later that while you were sleeping somebody has taken advantage of you.”
Police have now released vision of the man they would like to speak to and have appealed for anyone who recognises him to come forward.
“We haven’t had any luck in identifying him, that’s why we are asking for the public’s help today to identify this person,” Sergeant Peachey said.
“The CCTV footage is very clear and we are hoping it helps us to find this person and get his version of what has occurred.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Policelink on 131 444, or crimestoppers by calling 1800 333 000.
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You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.