Police probe sexual assault in CBD alleyway

Police are searching for a man who is believed to have spoken to a woman around the time she was sexually assaulted in a Melbourne alleyway.

The woman in her late teens was walking along Flinders Street, towards Swanston Street, to catch a tram about 1.45am on June 9.

As she walked past a bar situated below a hostel on Elizabeth and Degraves Street, an unknown man emerged from the venue and began walking beside her.

Police are looking to speak to the man pictured in a black and red jacket. Picture: Victoria Police

Police are looking to speak to the man pictured in a black and red jacket. Picture: Victoria Police

Police say the man put his arm around the woman’s shoulder and neck, before pulling her towards him to kiss her.

She refused and pushed him away, but the offender continued to keep his arm around her shoulders and neck.

He then dragged the woman into an alleyway behind high metal gates, locked the gates and sexually assaulted her.

She screamed, and ran onto Flinders Lane where three other men assisted her, arranging for a friend to collect her.

Today investigators released CCTV of a fourth man who is believed to have spoken to the victim around the time of the assault.

He is described as being African in appearance, and was wearing a black puffy jacket with red lining, light blue jeans and white runners at the time.

The hunt continues for the man responsible for the attack, who is described as being aged in his early 20s, around 178cm tall with a lean build, dark brown skin and short hair.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a dark coloured jacket and long pants, police say.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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