UPDATED 05/09: A serial sex stalker has appeared in court after being arrested by Northern Beaches Police.
A 42-year-old Frenchs Forest man appeared at Newtown Local Court Friday, 04 September. He did not apply for bail or enter a plea.
Northern Beaches Detectives established Strike Force Graffias in early 2019 to investigate multiple women allegedly being approached while exercising or walking alone.
The confronting nature of the man’s demeanour and comments left many of the women deeply shocked and frightened.
They allege the man committed offences in various locations including Narrabeen, Belrose, Davidson, Dee Why, North Curl Curl and Frenchs Forest between November 2017 and September 2020.
At 7.15am Thursday, 03 September, strike force detectives attended a home at Warringah Road, Frenchs Forest. They executed a search warrant and seized a small amount of drugs and clothing relevant to the investigation.
Around 8.00am, a 42-year-old Frenchs Forest man was arrested at a work site at Birchgrove. He was taken to Newtown Police Station where he was charged with thirty nine offences, including:
- Stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm (x34); and
- Carry out sexual act with another without consent (x5)
Detective Chief Inspector Michael Boutouridis said similarities in cases being reported to police and the brazen nature of the approaches to women made the investigation a priority for Northern Beaches Police.
According to Detective Chief Inspector Boutouridis, the man who was arrested had recently become a suspect but an incident last week at Dee Why provided additional evidence to make a firm connection and arrest him.
Around 3.30pm Saturday, 29 August, a man approached a 27-year-old woman at Sturdee Parade, Dee Why, asked a few questions and allegedly exposed himself. It is understood that CCTV footage in the area showed a black car that police were able to connect with the man.
The Northern Beaches Advocate has been in contact with two of the victims, who believed their stalker was the same man.
The approaches followed a similar pattern. Although the stalker is considered an opportunist, victims the Northern Beaches Advocate spoke with are younger women, around 20-years-old. It is understood other women who were approached by the man have been older than this.
Typically, the victims were walking alone when the man has overtaken them on foot, slowed and back-tracked towards them, making highly inappropriate comments of a sexual nature. The incidents occurred in broad daylight, leaving victims afraid to walk the streets alone.
He was described by victims as in his 40’s with dark hair and medium build, wearing over-sized dark sunglasses that obscured a clear view of his face.
Anyone who may have encountered this man is encouraged to come forward and call Northern Beaches Police at Dee Why Police Station on 02 9971 3399.
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