Sex predator targets women joggers
Women joggers in Melbourne's inner-west. are fearful after a spate of indecent assaults in the early morning in Yarraville and Newport.PT1M1S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-38e2r 620 349 May 16, 2014
A potential fourth victim of a sexual predator targeting female joggers in Melbourne's inner-west has come forward to police.
Officers are have increased patrols in the Newport and Yarraville areas after three women were grabbed from behind and indecently assaulted while jogging between 6am and 8am over the past two weeks.
All three were wearing headphones at the time and are aged between 20 and 30, police say.
Their attacker has been described as fair-skinned, also aged between 20 and 30 and about 160 to 170 centimetres tall.
He attacks from behind, under the cover of darkness, and has worn a hood in each incident, said Detective Sergeant Kim Kerr from the Footscray sexual offences and child abuse investigation team.
The attacker did not say anything to the women during the "very brief" attacks, she said.
Police have increased their patrols in the area and are investigating a number of avenues, including persons of interest already known to them.
On Friday morning a fourth woman contacted police after hearing about the attacks on radio and is due to give a statement on Saturday.
The first known victim was approached on the corner of Mason and Carmen streets in Newport on April 29.
On May 2, this time on the corner of Mason and Gordon streets, a second woman was assaulted.
The most recent attack was on Wednesday at Harris street in Yarraville, near the Yarraville Gardens.
The potential fourth victim is also believed to have been approached on Mason Street.
Detective Sergeant Kerr said in each case the woman's scream had scared the attacker off.
"The victims are all shaken," she said.
Police believe there may be other people out there who have been approached by this man.
Detective Sergeant Kerr encouraged women to keep jogging, but urged caution when jogging with headphones in.
"Women should always be on high alert, they should be aware of their surrounds," she said.
Anyone with information is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.