Police hunt Casino rapist
CASINO police are hunting a man who raped a woman after breaking into her house and robbing her early yesterday morning.
The man spent an hour terrorising the woman and ransacking her house before leaving through the front door of her Hickey Street home about 6am.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Inspector Greg Moore described the attack as highly disturbing, saying police were ‘extremely motivated to apprehend the perpetrator’.
Insp Moore said local officers and detectives had formed Strike Force O’Rourke with assistance from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad to investigate the matter.
“We are following a number of lines of inquiry in an effort to identify the offender and we are appealing to the public for any assistance,” he said.
Insp Moore said the victim was at home alone when the man attacked her in her bedroom.
It is thought she recognised the man, who was last seen running in the direction of McAuliffe Park.
Insp Moore was reluctant to give any further details for operational reasons, although he did say the victim was treated at Lismore Base Hospital and is now being cared for by relatives.
The man is described as being in his 20s or 30s, 172cm tall with a medium build and a tanned complexion.
One Hickey Street resident of three years said he was very surprised to hear about the attack.
“It’s normally a very quiet street,” said the man, who did not want to be named.
Another resident said police door-knocked houses near the crime scene about 10am yesterday.
“We told them we didn’t see anything,” the woman said.
Police are also investigating an earlier incident that is possibly related to the attack.
A man was seen some time before midnight on Tuesday near a North Street residence.
Police have issued a warning to the community to be vigilant about personal security, ensuring windows and doors are locked even when at home.
Anyone with information that might assist police should contact investigators at Casino on 6662 0099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.