Concern as sex predator targets victims at home

POLICE have stepped up their efforts to find the man believed responsible for a series of sexual assaults on women.

It is believed that four separate attacks on women in their own homes between 2008 and February this year are linked, and police have set up an Incident Centre for Operation Melya to investigate further.

The first incident occurred at a Coombabah home in October 2008.

An unknown man entered a woman's bedroom just after midnight and sexually assaulted her. The man fled the residence though a rear door. The woman was in her 50s at the time of the assault.

In November, 2015 a woman in her 60s disturbed an unknown man in the kitchen of her Springwood home just after midnight. The man restrained the woman and made threats to sexually assault her. For an unknown reason the man released the woman and fled the residence through a screen door.

On a Sunday in January 2016 the third incident occurred at a Sunnybank residence just before 3am. A woman in her 20s was asleep in her room when she was awoken by an unknown man with his hands around her neck. The man sexually assaulted the woman then fled.

The fourth incident occurred in February this year at an address in Southport, about 3am. An unknown man entered the bedroom of a woman in her 30s through the window and sexually assaulted her.

Detectives from the Gold Coast and Logan Criminal Investigation Branches and State Crime Command's Sexual Crime Group, along with intelligence analysists, are investigating the incidents.

Regional Crime Coordinator Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said police are putting a lot of resources into finding their suspect.

"We're also appealing for public assistance," he said.

"If anyone has seen any suspicious behaviour - for example an unknown person loitering or been subject to incidents of wilful exposure - we would urge them to come forward with this information and contact Crime Stoppers."

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