A man who broke into the bedroom of an eight-year-old girl and indecently assaulted her in her bed may have been stalking the family for up to two weeks.
The predator was captured on chilling security footage climbing through the window of a home in Kingsford, Sydney around 2.45am on Monday morning.
According to police, the man spoke briefly to the girl before assaulting her, and was seen leaving the scene around 90 seconds later.
The child was not physically injured but “extremely distressed” and told her mother, who then contacted officers.
Superintendent Karen McCarthy said the young victim and her family have “shown extreme courage” by coming forward to the police, and appealed to the public for help tracking down the predator.
“We are asking any member of the community who has seen anything suspicious to come forward, anything in the last two weeks,” she said.
Police say the man knew exactly where the girl’s bedroom was and how to get in. They say it appears to be a targeted attack and are concerned he may have been stalking the family for up to two weeks.
Nothing was stolen in the incident.
Police sources revealed the words that were said to the girl but Seven News will not be publishing them for the sake of the investigation.
But the words have been described as a “repulsive way of trying to engender trust within his young victim”.
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The man was last seen running down Barker Street in Kingsford towards McDonald’s.
His young victim described the attacker as being around 170cm to 180cm tall with an Australian or British accent. He was wearing a dark-coloured hoodie, cargo pants and a hat.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the online reporting page .