Crime Stoppers and Victoria Police are appealing for the public’s assistance to help identify a man who sexually assaulted a young woman in the Mount Eliza area in 2016.
On Saturday May 7, 2016, sometime between 11pm and midnight, the young woman was at a party with friends in the surrounds of Toorak College, Mount Eliza.
After the party had finished she and a few friends began walking home south along Old Mornington Road. Her friends were then picked up and she continued to walk alone.
A short time later the young woman, who was 16-years-old at the time, heard two male voices call out from behind her. She turned but could not see anyone as it was dark.
The young woman, who is now 17, was then grabbed by a man between Williams Road and Ti-Tree Lane and pulled into some bushes.
Police have been told that whilst in those bushes, on the Ti-Tree Lane side of the road, the young woman was sexually assaulted.
It is understood a second man kept a look out before both men fled the scene.
Victoria Police detectives have today released a Facefit image of a man they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries.
Detective Senior Constable Laura Colley, of the Sexual Crimes Squad, urged the community to review the Facefit image and report anything they know to Crime Stoppers.
“This was a senseless and vicious attack on an innocent young woman who prior to the offence occurring had been enjoying a nice evening with friends,” she said.
“The young woman was so emotionally traumatised as a result of the attack that she felt unable to report it to police until almost a year later.
“We need the community to think back to this night and report anything they know to Crime Stoppers. Did you see anything suspicious around midnight on May 7, 2016 in the Williams Road and Ti-Tree Lane area of Mount Eliza?
“Any piece of information could assist police to identify who is responsible and bring them to justice.”
Cathy Rhodes, Crime Stoppers Victoria General Manager, urged the community to report what they know to Crime Stoppers.
“The person(s) who inflicted this attack on an innocent young woman needs to be held accountable for their actions,” she said. “We’re absolutely committed to assisting police to help bring the person(s) responsible to justice.
“We are asking the community to please review the Facefit image being released today and report what they know to Crime Stoppers confidentially on 1800 333 000 or via our website at crimestoppersvic.com.au. All information received is handled in utmost confidence. There is no caller ID or IP tracing.
“Every piece of information is invaluable to assist police in their investigation.”
The first man is perceived to be Caucasian in appearance, around 6ft 2ins tall, 18 to 19 years of age, fit looking with a round face, small features and short dark hair.
He was wearing Khaki shorts, a grey t-shirt and a dark-coloured jumper or jacket with a hood, black socks and black running shoes. He had a deep voice with an Australian accent.
The second man is perceived to be Caucasian in appearance and possibly a darker skin tone than the first man. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded jumper or jacket with a hood over his head and black running shoes.