Police search for sexual predator

THE sexual predator who attacked an elderly woman at a Lake Macquarie retirement village appears to have randomly chosen his target after residents saw him inside the gated community.

Police are preparing to release a likeness of the attacker as they speak with residents about several ‘‘undesirables’’ who have been seen hanging around the area in the past few weeks.

Investigators are also looking at whether any reported break-ins inside the community could be linked to the vicious attack on the 69-year-old woman.

It was revealed yesterday that the victim answered a doorbell and was asked whether she was alone before being pushed to the ground and indecently assaulted.

The attack only finished when the woman’s screams alerted another neighbour, who came across the attacker before he could flee.

Police confirmed yesterday that the short and scruffy attacker had approached several young girls inside the complex before moving on.

Investigators are also confident the victim’s fight against her attacker might help to catch him, after she scratched his face.

Lake Macquarie crime manager Detective Inspector Craig Davis said there did not seem to have been any other similar attacks on elderly women.

‘‘It would appear to be a random attack,’’ Detective Inspector Davis said.

The man is described as in his 20s, with slightly tanned skin, a stocky build, 165-170 centimetres tall, unshaven and with black short hair.

He was wearing a blue jumper and dark pants.

Information should be forwarded to Lake Macquarie detectives on 49429999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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