Two men attack woman in Ringwood
Police are seeking witnesses of an attack on a 40-year-old woman who was dragged down to the Mullum Mullum Creek by two men.PT1M30S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2f5l7 620 349 February 27, 2013
Police are hunting for two men who forced a woman to a creek in Melbourne's east where they sexually assaulted her.
A 40-year-old woman has told police she left Club Ringwood, on the corner of Oban Road and the Maroondah Highway in Ringwood, about 1.30am on Saturday after being separated from her friends.
As she walked along Oban Road, two men approached her: one grabbed her from behind and the pair forced her along Oban Road to the Mullum Mullum Creek, a police spokeswoman said.
Mullum Mullum Creek at Ringwood. Photo: Ray Kennedy
The victim was sexually assaulted at the creek. She tried to fend off her attackers by using one of her shoes, but the men fled only when the victim's partner came looking for her and called to her by name.
The attackers were last seen running off along a nearby bike track, the spokeswoman said.
Detective Senior Constable Steve Giuliani said a review of CCTV footage showed the men had not been at the club, or at any other hotels nearby, before the assault.
He said it appeared the attack had been random and an isolated incident, but could have been worse if the woman's boyfriend had not arrived.
‘‘The behaviour (of the offenders) is just cowardly and opportunistic,’’ he said.
The incident took place about 300 metres from the club, near the intersection of Oban Road and Marilyn Crescent.
Detectives from the Knox sexual offences and child abuse investigation team want to speak to anyone in the area at the time, particularly a taxi driver seen nearby and three young men in the nearby Peter Vergers reserve who may have seen the attackers.
The men who attacked the woman are described as being white and about 185 centimetres tall. Both were wearing dark-coloured tops. One had blond hair and the other, black hair.
Anyone with information is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.