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Fears Broadmeadows car park attacker could strike again

A WOMAN'S screams saved her from being abducted in a shopping centre car park this week, as police fear a similar attack in the near future.
Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in relation to the attempted abduction at Broadmeadows Shopping Centre on Tuesday shortly after 2pm, hoping to thwart another brazen attempt.
Det Sgt Pat Allen said the man entered the back seat of the woman's car after she got behind the wheel and demanded she drive away.
He said a dramatic scene followed when the mother of two got out of the car and began screaming for help.
"It was a very short time he was actually in the car and he began swearing at her and demanding the she drive away,'' he said.
"The woman refused and got out of the car but the man followed and grabbed her by the wrists and attempted to force her back into the car.''
Her screams resulted in other shoppers becoming alerted to the incident and the man fled.
"She was quite distraught and in shock, but thankfully she is recovering quite well," he said.
"Every incident is different and I certainly wouldn't urge people to take on their attackers but in this instance the fact she got out of the car and screamed quite loudly assisted her greatly."
It was the first time the woman, from Taylors Lakes, had gone shopping at the centre.
Police say she was shopping with her aunt, who was waiting closer to the centre for her to bring the car around.
They are, however, concerned the man may target another vulnerable woman walking alone.
He also praised those who went to her aid after being confronted by the attacker.
No motive has been established for the crime.
The man in the image is described as being aged between 15 and 21, was wearing distinctive clothing including a blue jumper with "USA'' emblazoned across the chest.
Anyone who recognises the images is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Herald Sun (30-10-2008)
Anthony Dowsley


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