Police investigate sexual assault at Casuarina

Northern Territory Police are urging shoppers to be alert after two women were allegedly assaulted in Casuarina on Friday evening.

In the first incident around 5pm on Friday, a woman was loading shopping into her car when approached from behind and indecently assaulted. The offender left after the victim yelled at him, and she later reported the matter to police.

Yesterday while investigating the above incident, police reviewing CCTV observed a youth matching the description of the offender approach an unconscious female in a loading bay of the same shopping centre, and sexually assault her. This incident happened around 5:20pm on Friday, a short time after the initial incident. The victim appeared to remain unconscious throughout and may be unaware she was assaulted.

The offender is described as an Aboriginal male, in his teens with long curly hair. At the time of offending, he was wearing a black cap, black t-shirt, white shorts and black shoes.

Detective A/Superintendent Justin Bentley said, “Detectives from Sex Crimes are taking these incidents very seriously. What has happened to these women is completely unacceptable.

“This youth appeared to be acting spontaneously and we encourage all shoppers to be aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity to police or centre security.

“The public has a right to feel safe and to be able to go about their business.”

Anyone with information or dash-cam footage of this youth is urged to contact Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Please quote reference 10081775.

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