Hunt for man after woman sexually assaulted at music festival

A woman elbowed a man in the face to escape his grasp after he sexually assaulted her at a Melbourne music festival, police say.

Sexual Crimes Squad detectives are hunting for a man who they say grabbed the woman and sexually assaulted her in the mosh pit of Saturday’s Listen Out outdoor dance party at St Kilda.

Detectives hunt a man after a woman was sexually assaulted at St Kilda Listen Out festival.
A facial composite of a man police believe may be able to assist with their enquiries, after a woman was sexually assaulted at St Kilda music festival Listen Out. Source: Victoria Police

Investigators have been told the victim and her friends were at the main stage of the event, which attracted about 18,000 people, about 8pm when an unknown male approached the woman in the mosh pit and began dancing behind her.

The woman tried to move away but the stranger grabbed her by the waist and pulled her towards him.

When she tried to get away he grabbed her around the neck, placed his hand inside her clothing and sexually assaulted her, police said.

A 40-year-old man has been charged with trafficking cocaine at the Listen Out festival in Melbourne. Source: Facebook/ Listen Out
The woman was in the mosh pit of the event that attracted about 18,000 people, when she was sexually assaulted. Source: Facebook/ Listen Out (File pic)

The victim managed to elbow the attacker in the face to free herself, before she found her friends and called police.

Investigators have released a facial composite picture of a man they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries, described as being Caucasian with ginger coloured hair.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.

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