A 51-year old woman has been hospitalised after an alleged brutal assault by a teenager in Gray.
Northern Territory Police are still looking for the offender and calls for any witnesses of the aggravated assault.
The victim told police that around 9:40 pm on Wednesday, April 22, she was walking to a residence in Moulden from the Palmerston CBD when she noticed she was being followed.
She entered an alley way off Temple Terrace adjacent to the Oasis Shopping Centre leading into Hannibal Crescent. She then said it was clear she was being followed by an unknown male riding a scooter.
The male allegedly grabbed her by the hair and dragged her into a vacant lot in Hannibal Crescent. She fought back but the offender struck her several times to the face before he fled.
The male was followed from the scene by a witness who lost sight of him behind the Gray Shopping Centre.
Nearby residents were able to come to her aid quickly, police said in a statement. It was not disclosed if the teenager stole anything from the woman.
The victim suffered injuries and required hospitalisation overnight.
The male is described as being of Aboriginal appearance with a medium build, aged around 15 to 18, with dark hair.
He was wearing a light-coloured t-shirt, dark knee-length shorts, black baseball cap, and blue thongs with white straps.
The scooter is described as being sliver or chrome in colour. The teenager was also using a pair of small white earphones at that time.
The motive of the assault is still under investigation.
Detective Sergeant Gavin Hopwood reminded the public to be extra vigilant, particularly during the evening.
“Fortunately for the victim in this matter, nearby residents were able to come to her aid quickly, causing the male to flee,” he said. “We would like to thank those residents for their assistance.
“We’re asking for anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the area at the time to come forward”.
The public is urged to contact the police on 131 444 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Quote reference 9282923.