Two women assaulted, police probe in Ashfield

An investigation has commenced following the assault of two women in Sydney’s inner west overnight, NSW Police say.

About 8pm (Monday 5 November 2018), a 30-year-old woman was walking west along Norton Street, Ashfield. As she passed a laneway she was grabbed from behind by a man who put one hand over her mouth and the other around her neck.

The woman managed to push him away and screamed for help. The man was last seen running towards Carlisle Street.

The second incident occurred about 8.10pm when a 34-year-old woman was putting her rubbish out in the laneway of Carlisle Street. A man grabbed her from behind and placed one hand over her mouth and the other around her neck.

The woman managed to scream for help and the man pushed her to the ground before running from the laneway heading towards Arthur Street.

In both incidents the man has been described as being 190cm tall with a thin build and long hair. He was wearing a long sleeve black shirt with white logos on the sleeves and beige shorts with white sneakers.

Officers from Burwood Police Area Command are investigating the assaults and would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a man matching this description loitering in the Ashfield area, particularly around Carlisle, Arthur and Norton Streets.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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