South Australian Police have refused to rule out links between the sexual assault of a woman in her home at O’Halloran Hill last night and a similar incident in Parkside early on Tuesday morning.
- Police are investigating two sexual assaults
- An image of a man linked to the first incident has been released
- At this stage they don’t believe it is related
It comes as police released a identikit of the man linked to the incident on Tuesday morning.
Acting Detective Superintendent Denise Gray said that despite the similarities in the crimes, there were some obvious differences, including geographical location, the nature of the assaults and the method of entry.
“Physically there are some similarities, but there are obvious differences — obviously the geographical location is quite separate, the method of entry is quite different and whilst they are both sexual assaults, they are very different in nature,” she said
“We would never rule out that they’re linked and we continue to investigate them thoroughly but at this stage it doesn’t look related, however as time goes on we may find out they are.”
She said police were working to progress their investigations as quickly as possible, with specialists working with local police and forensic investigators.
“We know that the community are concerned and we are doing everything we can to try and resolve this issue,” she said.
“We will have a visible police presence in those areas so what I want to say to people is that police will stop you and ask you who you are and what you’re doing there and to cooperate with that and give your details.”
Acting Detective Superintendent Gray said the O’Halloran Hill sexual assault occurred in the woman’s home between 8:00pm and 8:40pm last night.
The man described as in his 40s, Caucasian, tanned, bald and about six foot tall, knocked on the victim’s door and forced his way in.
He was wearing dark clothing which included baggy pants, heavy shoes/boots and a jumper with a closed zipper which ran half way down his chest.
He spoke with a soft voice and no accent.
Police also released a computer rendered image of the man believed to have sexually assaulted a woman in her home a separate incident at Parkside on Tuesday morning.
They have appealed for assistance in identifying the suspect following the random attack, and have warned women in the area to lock their doors and not go out unaccompanied at night.
The man is described as around 30 years old, Caucasian with olive skin, about 183cm tall, with shaved short dark hair.
The woman said goodbye to her boyfriend in the street, returned to her house, and was then woken up by the stranger just after 12.45am.
Acting Detective Superintendent Gray said police were following through on 12 Crime Stoppers calls that had been made following the Parkside sexual assault.
She warned people to be conscious of their safety, particularly with doors and windows being kept open during the hot weather.
Police have asked anyone with information about the two incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.