A WOMAN in her 20s has been strangled with a bike chain in a terrifying random attack outside a unit at Ashfield, in Sydney’s Inner West.
Police said a man in a high-visibility vest followed the 27-year-old woman as she walked home along Bland Street around 8.30pm.
The man allegedly stalked the woman all the way back to her Julie Street unit before brutally attacking her in the front yard.
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Police said the man allegedly wrapped a bike lock around the woman’s neck and forced her to the ground while strangling her.
A 53-year-old woman who was sitting in her car parked nearby heard the woman’s chilling screams and raced to help.
As she approached the front yard of the unit complex, however, police said she saw the man walking towards her vehicle.
The man then allegedly punched a 49-year-old man who was with the 53-year-old woman before running away.
The brave pair then found the 27-year-old woman lying semi-conscious in the front yard of the unit complex with injuries to her neck.
She was taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for treatment. Thankfully, police the woman’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Police said the woman did not know the man, with initial investigations suggesting the attack was random.
Detectives from Burwood Police Area Command have commenced inquiries and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
The woman’s attacker is described as being Caucasian in appearance and aged in his 20s with a tall, slim build.
He had a “long pony tail” and was wearing an orange high-visibility vest at the time of the attack, police said.
Anyone who may have information that could assist should contact officers at Burwood, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.