THIS is the man being sought over the rape of a 19-year-old nanny in Mosman Park, which has left the upmarket suburb in self-imposed lockdown. Sex Assault Squad detectives want your help to identify the man over the sexual assault of a live-in nanny babysitting a child about noon on Friday – with this identikit picture released today. The German au pair was caring for her employer’s two-year-old at home in Manning St. She had taken the child on a walk to a local park and returned home when there was a knock at the door.
A middle-aged man carrying a bunch of flowers and a knife forced his way inside – where he restrained the terrified woman and sexually assaulted her. The attack has left women in the usually quiet, elite suburb gripped with fear. Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Frank Glynn described it as a “brazen” attack which had traumatised the victim, a German national who has been working in Australia since July. “She seems to be doing reasonably well under the circumstances,” he said.
Det Snr Sgt Glynn said the incident was a timely reminder for women to be aware of their surroundings. “Stranger attacks resulting in sex offences are unusual, they do happen but they are not common,” he said. “I don’t expect people to change their habits because of this offence but at the same time they do need to be aware of their surroundings.” The man is described as 50-55 years old, with a fair complexion, balding short brown hair, and wearing grey polo shirt and possibly a cap. He may have been seen around Manning St or the park on Friday morning up to mid-afternoon.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.