Indian sub-continent men posed as ride-share drivers; lured woman and sexually assaulted her

Melbourne, December 19: Two men, described as aged between 25 and 35 and of Indian or sub-continental appearance faked as ride-share drivers and assaulted a woman after they lured her into their car.

This incident happened on July 29, 2018 after the woman had enjoyed a night-out with friends in the CBD.

The woman was in the CBD between 11 pm and 3 am and was walking to catch public transport when she walked past a vehicle under Queens Bridge about 3.30am.

Police wish to speak with this man who may be a witness to the assault

It is there that police believe she was approached by two men in the vehicle.

The men approached the female victim and told her that that they had a ride-share car and would drive her home.

However, after the woman got into a silver Toyota Yaris, she was driven to Albert Park where she was sexually assaulted.

The woman managed to punch one of the men in the face, before escaping from the scene.

Police are looking for a silver Toyota Yaris, similar to the one in this image. Similar car which was used to sexually assault woman

She alerted police about the terrifying attack.

Detectives from the Sexual Crimes Squad have appealed for information after this incident of sexual assault in the Melbourne CBD.

Police have also appealed for a man to come forward; who they believe spoke with the female victim earlier in the night. He is believed to be a witness only and not involved in the attack.

Detectives are looking for the car – silver, mid-2000s, Toyota Yaris, involved in the incident and hope that someone recognises the car identified in CCTV.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at the website.

Shalini Singh

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