Police and family appeal for information after assault of 84-year-old woman

Police investigating the serious assault of an elderly woman in Sydney’s Upper North Shore will join her family in an appeal to the community for information to help locate her attacker.

Just before 12.30pm on Saturday (16 November 2019), police and emergency services responded to reports woman had been assaulted at a retirement village on Bobbin Head Road, North Turramurra.

On arrival, officers located 84-year-old, Patricia, with serious injuries. She was subsequently taken to Sydney Adventist Hospital, where she continues to undergo treatment.

Police were told Patricia arrived home to an unknown man in her bedroom and was seriously assaulted by him before he fled out the front door.

A crime scene was established and examined by specialist forensic officers.

Detectives from Kuring-Gai Police Area Command have established Strike Force Calculus to investigate the assault and the break-in.

As part of their inquiries, strike force detectives conducted an extensive canvass of the local area yesterday (Tuesday 19 November 2019), which included speaking with residents within the retirement village.

Investigators are now seeking further assistance from the community, and will be joined by Patricia’s daughter, Caroline, today (Wednesday 20 November 2019), to appeal for anyone with relevant information to come forward.

In particular, strike force detectives would like to speak with a man who was seen in the area at the time of the incident and has yet to be identified.

He is described as being aged between 30 and 50, about 175-180cm tall, possibly of Asian or Indian Sub-Continental appearance, with a medium build, brown eyes, dark hair, and clean shaven. At the time, he was wearing light coloured pants and a jacket, over a button-up shirt and tie.

Detectives would also like to speak with anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the area and ask motorists who travelled through the area to review dash-cam vision.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Calculus detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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