NT Police are asking for the public’s help to identify a man who allegedly assaulted a woman along Stuart Highway in Alice Springs Monday night following a failed holdup attempt.
The 48-year-old woman of African descent was taken to hospital to seek medical treatment for injuries she sustained during the serious assault.
According to the initial investigation by Strike Force Viper detectives, around 7:20pm the victim was walking along south of Stuart Highway near Old Timers Camp when she realised she was being followed by a man.
The man, who was unknown to the woman, followed her for some distance before assaulting the woman and forcibly removing her backpack.
The victim fought back and regained her backpack and was punched during the encounter.
“The woman broke free and ran south towards St Mary’s where she called her husband before the offender caught up and threw a number of rocks at her,” Strike Force Viper said in a statement.
“The husband arrived on scene and confronted the offender before taking his wife to hospital where she was treated for injuries sustained during the incident.”
Police said the offender is described as an adult Indigenous male who was wearing a black jumper during the incident.
Acting Sergeant Shane King from Strike Force Viper said police are seeking motorists with dash cam footage or witnesses who saw the assault in the South Stuart Highway near the Old Timers Camp and St Mary’s Village between 7:20pm and 8pm.
“The assault occurred by the side of a busy highway, so we are confident other members of the public would have witnessed this horrific and terrifying incident,” Mr King said.
Police urge anyone with information who may assist with investigations to contact police on 131 444 or report it anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 referencing PROMIS number 9601489.