Terrifying sex attack in quiet street shocks community
CHILDREN riding their bikes around a cul-de-sac looked no different to any other street by day, but the terrifying crime that unfolded by night was enough to shock a community to it's core.
As families at Birtinya slept on Saturday night, a woman was dragged into bushes, thrown to the ground and sexually assaulted before fighting off her attacker and running for her life.
The shocking crime happened along Birtinya Boulevard where a 45-year-old woman was walking about 11.30pm before she was grabbed from behind and pulled into nearby shrubs.
Luckily, she escaped and called police before she was taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital for treatment.
Young women, families and couples walked along the same path yesterday, unaware of the horror that unfolded just nights before.
On her maiden walk of the long street, new resident Brontie Taylor was shocked to learn of the happenings in her suburb.
"I've only just moved here recently, but that's terrifying," the 20-year-old said.
"It seems like a really quiet area with lots of families so that's pretty concerning."
The suburb is nestled in the Sunshine Coast Hospital District, with many hospital staff opting to live there for the close proximity of walking to and from work.
Mother of daughters, Ameeta, said she had never heard of such crimes while living there, and would think twice about walking alone at night any more.
The resident of five years said while reading the news yesterday, she couldn't help but feel a sense of uneasiness.
"We have young children so it is a real concern," she said.
"I just hope they catch him soon."
Police interviewed the victim further yesterday afternoon and were hunting for her attacker - a man with a skinny build, wearing a black t-shirt and shorts.
Police were appealing for anyone who may have been travelling in the area and could have dash-cam footage, or CCTV at their home to come forward.
If you have any information, please contact Policelink on 131444.