Armidale police appeal over indecent assaults

Police are appealing for public assistance following two indecent assaults at Armidale this month.

About midday Thursday February 6, a 23-year-old woman was walking on O’Dell Street, when she was approached from behind by a man on a bike.

He allegedly touched the buttocks of the woman as he rode past.

The man is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance and 18 to 20 years of age. He was wearing dark clothing and riding a black mountain bike.

About 5.30pm on Monday, February 17,  a 58-year-old woman was walking near Centennial Close.

A man grabbed her from behind and indecently assaulted her, before fleeing on a bike.

He has been described as being either Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander or Middle Eastern/Mediterranean appearance, aged in his 20s, 180cm tall with short hair. He was wearing a green shirt and shorts.

Police from New England Local Area Command have commenced an investigation.

New England Crime Manager, Acting Inspector Stuart Gray said that police will investigate whether the incidents are linked.

“There are strong similarities between the two incidents as they were both committed in close proximity to local designated bicycle tracks.

“We are hoping that members of the community may be able to assist given the fact that both offences occurred in daylight hours,” said Acting Inspector Gray.

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