A manhunt is underway after an elderly woman in northern Sydney was savagely attacked in her bedroom at a retirement village.
Eighty-four-year-old Patricia came face to face with a stranger when she returned to her room at the North Turramurra facility after noon on Saturday.
Police said the man assaulted the woman before fleeing.
She was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition and with multiple injuries, including cuts to her face, chest and arm.
She continues to undergo treatment at Sydney Adventist Hospital.
Detectives said on Wednesday they would like to speak to a man seen in the area at the time of the incident.
He is described as about 175cm tall, of Asian or sub-Continental appearance and clean shaven, and was wearing light-coloured pants and a button-up shirt and tie with a jacket.
NSW Police Detective Chief Inspector Luke Spurr on Sunday told reporters Patricia and her family were in a state of shock.
"This is an absolutely appalling and cowardly act and let me reassure you these type of offences are uncommon and that police are doing everything in their power to fully investigate this matter and to locate the offender," he said.
Police are appealing for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.
Detectives would also like to speak with anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the area and ask motorists who travelled through the area to review dashcam vision.
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Calculus detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.
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