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27 June 2008

Goodna and Springfield attacks may be linked

THE COURIER-MAIL - 26 June 2008

Nazi swastika ring clue to attempted abduction


IPSWICH police have released a sketch of a ring with Nazi swastikas similar to one worn by a man they said tried to abduct a teenage girl last week.

The 14-year-old girl was walking to school up Bridgewater St, Springfield, about 7.50am on June 19 when a man grabbed her from behind and dragged her about 5m up a small path leading to a housing estate.

The girl managed to escape after struggling and kicking the man's shins.

He was wearing a 1cm gold and silver ring with slightly raised Nazi swastikas around the circumference.In another effort to trigger the memory of potential witnesses, police placed a mannequin in the spot on Bridgewater Rd where the assault happened.

The mannequin was dressed in clothing matching that worn by the man.

The assailant is described as Caucasian.

He was wearing a pair of faded and torn jeans, and a dark blue or black long-sleeved shirt.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


THE COURIER-MAIL - 22 June 2008

Abduction attempts could be linked

A TEENAGE girl has been assaulted in the latest of three abduction attempts in the Ipswich region in the past two months.

Police believe at least two are linked.
Ipswich Police District Detective Inspector Michael Niland said the girl, 14, was- walking to school up Bridgewater St in Springfield about 7.50am Thursday when a man grabbed her from behind before dragging her for about 5m up a small path leading to a housing estate.

"She was grabbed in a bear hug by the offender and dragged up the easement," he said.

The girl managed to escape after struggling and kicking the man in his shins.

A teacher driving by stopped to help the girl.Det Insp Niland praised the girl's actions.

"She has been particularly brave, it would have been a very frightening situation," he said.

Police are asking the public for help in finding the man, who was wearing a gold ring of about 1cm wide, with slightly raised Nazi swastikas around the circumference.

The Caucasian man was wearing a pair of faded and torn jeans, and a blue long-sleeved shirt.

Det Insp Niland said the attempted abduction was similar to one on Queen St in Goodna on June 5.

He said a 16-year-old girl was walking home from work when she was grabbed from behind opposite the Goodna Special School.

A nearby resident heard the girl screaming and came to her aid, chasing the man away.

That offender is described as between 16 and 19 years old, about 170cm tall with a slim build and dark hair.

He was wearing dark track pants and a dark coloured, short sleeved shirt.

Det Insp Niland stopped short of saying police thought the same offender could be responsible for each assault, but said police "were investigating the similarities".


About two weeks earlier, police said two teenage girls were sexually assaulted by a man near Clancy Reserve Park near the Greenway Arterial roundabout and only about 1km from Bridgewater St.

Police said the man threatened the girls with a knife as they were walking down Springfield Parkway about 8.40pm on May 22.

He then allegedly sexually assaulted both girls before suddenly leaving.

The man was last seen heading towards Springfield Parkway.

He is described as being Caucasian, in his mid-20s, between 170cm to 175cm tall, dark hair and eyes and with a tanned complexion.

The man was last seen wearing a pair of black shorts with a white stripe down each side, a white T-shirt and socks with no shoes.

After the first two assaults, Det Insp Niland said a program had been brought into the six schools in the region to educate children on safety in numbers.

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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