A man has faced court charged with attempted murder over a violent attack on a woman in the public toilets of an Adelaide shopping centre, as a search continues for the weapon involved.
The 30-year-old woman suffered serious face and back injuries after being assaulted by a man armed with a knife at the Parabanks Shopping Centre in Salisbury, where she worked as a cleaner, on Monday night.
Police pulled over a car being driven by a 25-year-old man in Parafield Gardens on Wednesday night and charged him with attempted murder.
The Salisbury East man, whose identity is suppressed, faced Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Thursday, made no application for bail and was remanded in custody.
Detective Inspector Billy Thompson of the Major Crime unit said police had not found the knife used in the attack.
"Currently police officers are searching the streets and surrounds of Parabanks Shopping Centre in an attempt to recover that knife," he told reporters.
He said the knife was about 30cm long with a bright yellow or orange handle.
The victim of the attack was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital and has since been able to speak with police.
Insp Thompson said investigators did not believe there was any relationship between the woman and her attacker.
"We still are of the view that he's not known to her and she's not known to him," he said.
The man will return to court at the end of September.
The retail sector union said earlier this week the attack came after years of concerns for the safety of workers at the northern suburbs shopping centre.
It has called on centre management to introduce tougher security and safety measures in the venue's car park, including better lighting, more security guards and more CCTV cameras.