Police hunt for assault suspect
POLICE detectives are investigating the sexual assault of a woman near Drayton at the weekend and have released a comfit image of the suspect.
A 49-year-old woman was driving along the Drayton Connection Road between 11pm and midnight Saturday when she stopped her car due to a mechanical issue.
A passing white van stopped and a man got out and offered to help the woman. He then dragged her to the left side of the van opening the sliding door and throwing her into the rear of the vehicle.
The man then threatened the woman with a knife, punched her in the face and sexually assaulted her before throwing her out of the van and driving off.
The incident follows one the Daily News reported on in May involving three local high school girls who were followed by men in a van in Glennie Heights.
A Warwick Police Child Protection Unit (CPU) spokeswoman said while she did not believe the Glennie Heights incident was linked to the Toowoomba scare, she confirmed a local investigation was continuing and suspects had been identified.
“The girls became concerned that someone seemed to be following them but there is no suggestion of any attempted abduction with a knife involved,” the spokeswoman said.
“It is possible that if (the girls) had raised the alarm earlier we might have been able to identify the individuals concerned quite quickly. For this reason we continue to encourage local young people to tell their parents or the police immediately of any safety concerns they may have involving unknown people.”
The spokeswoman said she believed the occupants of the van had been behaving in a “stupid manner” without necessarily engaged in a form of stalking or threatening behaviour, but police enquiries were continuing.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.