A manhunt is underway as police attempt to identify a cowardly intruder who sexually assaulted a 90-year-old woman while slept at an aged care home in St Albans Park.
According to police, the elderly woman woke from her sleep to find the man sexually assaulting her at the Tannoch Brae Aged Care home around 4.45am on Sunday morning.
The offender is described as being aged between 20 and 25 years old, thinly built, fair-skinned, and about 163cm (5ft 3) tall. He was wearing dark coloured pants, a dark coloured long-sleeved T-shirt and a red beanie.
Sexual crimes squad Detective Acting Inspector Mark Burnett revealed that the woman fought back against her cowardly attacker before staff arrived and scared him away.
“She was able at one point to activate her personal distress alarm,” Inspector Burnett said.
“That’s resulted in nursing staff attending and scaring away … the attacker.”
“She is impressive, she is very cognisant of what’s occurred and is a fighter,” he said.
“This is a particularly confronting incident. This female victim – one of the more vulnerable people within our society – has been attacked within her home.
The woman was taken to the hospital following the assault but the severity of her injuries have not been made public.
Det.Insp.Burnett described Tannoch Brae Aged Care as “quite secure”, but investigators had not yet determined how the attacker entered the aged care facility.
A manhunt was launched, including the dog squad which searched the local area for the man’s whereabouts.
Detectives are urging all local residents, businesses to come forward with CCTV footage or dashcam footage in an attempt to help identify the attacker.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au