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Have you seen this man?

The police com-fit of the wanted man

DETECTIVES from the Child Abuse Squad are renewing their appeal for public assistance following the abduction and sexual assault of a teenager near Wollongong several months ago.
They have today released a COM-FIT of a man they wish to speak to in relation to the incident.
The 13-year-old girl has told police that on an afternoon in early May she had got off a shuttle bus and was walking along Gipps Road, Gwynneville, near the intersection of Eastern Street, when she was forced into a van. At the time she was wearing her school sports uniform and carrying her backpack.
The girl further reported that she was driven to a secluded location where she was sexually assaulted. The van was then driven to the vicinity of Robsons Road where she was allowed to leave the vehicle.
Strike Force Eltanin was formed to investigate the incident and comprises detectives from the Child Abuse Response Team, the Child Abuse Squad’s Wollongong unit and Wollongong Police.
Detectives are continuing to appeal for anyone with information to assist them to come forward, and have released a COM-FIT of the man in the hope that someone might recognise him.
He has been described as being of Caucasian appearance with tanned skin, aged in his mid 30s, with a medium build, short dark cropped hair and a small goatee. He was wearing an olive green T-shirt and dark denim jeans.
Detectives are also continuing to seek information on the van used during the incident. It is described as being white in colour with black writing on the side, no windows on the side or back, tinted front windows and a sliding side door.
Anyone with information to assist police should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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