ACT Policing is issuing a safety warning to women following a number of incidents relating to a man groping and exposing himself to women in the north side of Canberra.
Over the weekend (April 26-27), four incidents were reported to police which are believed to be linked.
About 11.45pm on Saturday, a man entered the laundry of a McKellar home and grabbed a woman, indecently assaulting her, before fleeing.
Approximately 10 minutes later (11.55pm), a resident reported a man attempting to gain entry to their home in McKellar. The resident heard noises and went to investigate. The man was heard banging on windows and doors however no entry was gained and he soon left. Damage was observed to fly-screens and the fly-screen panes.
A woman was walking beside Lake Ginninderra about 6.10pm on Sunday (April 27) when a man rode past, attempting to grab her. Shortly after the man returned and performed an indecent act in front of the woman before riding off.
A female was followed into the laundry area of a residence within the University of Canberra about 6.45pm on Sunday night. The man indecently exposed himself and attempted to grab the woman, without success, before she was able to flee.
The offender is described as having dark/olive skin, with a medium build, dark-brown coloured hair, brown eyes, approximately 19-20 years of age and 180cm tall (5’11”). In most instances he was wearing all black clothing and was seen riding a black BMX push bike.
North District Superintendent Brett Kidner is urging all Canberrans to be vigilant when out at night and to keep their homes secured, even when at home.
“If you are out by yourself of an evening, please be aware of your surroundings. Don’t have earphones in with music at a level that you cannot hear someone approaching. If you can, walk in a group or near a group. When at home, please keep your doors locked to minimise the chances of someone getting in,” Superintendent Kidner said.
Police are urging anyone who may have seen a man matching this description, or who may have any information regarding the offender, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.