Disabled woman sexually assaulted

A woman with an intellectual disability has been pushed to the ground and sexually assaulted in a public toilet block in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

Police said the woman aged in her 30s was in the company of a man between 8.45pm and 10pm on July 31 after going missing from her home earlier that day.

A police spokeswoman said the man led the woman to a public toilet block at Soldiers Reserve in Werribee, near the College Rd entrance, and allegedly sexually assaulted her.

The man is then accused of pushing the woman to the ground and rummaging through her backpack and personal items.

He then ran off from the toilet block in an unknown direction.

The woman had gone missing from her home earlier in the day and was found by police at 10.10pm outside a school on Duncans Rd.

Police said she later disclosed the sexual assault to a carer, who reported the matter to police.

Sexual Crimes Squad detectives have on Wednesday released CCTV footage of a man seen walking with the woman before the attack who they believe can assist with their investigation.

He is described as having a shaved head and at the time of the incident was wearing a fluorescent orange tradesman’s shirt, ripped brown tradesman pants and work boots.

He was also wearing a face mask.

The spokeswoman said detectives had canvassed the area in an attempt to find CCTV of the man and found footage of the alleged offender and victim walking east along Duncans Rd from the intersection of Synnot St about 8.40pm.

Two people were also walking west on Duncans Rd at the time – one who appeared to be wheeling a bike – while two vehicles were also seen turning right from Synott St to travel east on Duncans Rd.

Detectives have urged anyone who saw the man in the area on the night of July 31 to come forward, along with those who may have dashcam footage.

Anyone who recognises the man or lives in the area with CCTV footage have also been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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