View Comments

A Maylands woman has told of the terrifying moment a man tricked his way into her home and assaulted her.

The woman, Michelle, had gone to bed in her Crawford Avenue home about 12.30am when a man knocked on her door claiming to be a neighbour calling for help.

The man forced his way inside after the woman opened the door.

The woman was thrown to the floor and sexually assaulting.

The attacker fled after the woman screamed and bit him on the hand.

Michelle said this morning she wished she had recognised the voice and known it was not a neighbour.

She said she was now more cautious about her safety and takes less risks and urged other people to be more vigilant.

Police say he fled in a small, light-coloured car, possibly a hatchback, and headed south along Crawford Street before turning left into Railway Parade.

The man had his face partially covered, but is described as being 38 to 45 years of age, approximately 165cms tall, olive skinned and of stocky muscular build, with dark thinning hair.

He was wearing a light coloured hooded jumper and light denim jeans and spoke with an Australian accent.

Anyone who may have seen the man in the location or can assist in this investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Sex Assault Squad detectives said people, especially women, needed to be aware of their surroundings and security with summer approaching.

People relax their security in the warmer months, leaving doors and windows unlocked as they try to keep cool, which gives offenders an easier target for burglaries and sexual assaults.