The hunt is on for a man who allegedly slashed a woman’s face with a knife inside the bathroom of a shopping centre in Adelaide’s north.
The woman, 30, was cleaning toilets when it’s alleged her face was repeatedly slashed with a knife inside a bathroom at Parabanks Shopping Centre in Salisbury on Monday about 8pm.
She was later transported to hospital on a stretcher.
SA Police have released CCTV of a man walking through the shopping centre moments before the attack. He disappears down a corridor leading to the bathroom before it’s alleged he attacked the 30-year-old.
He’s later seen walking away. The woman radios for help while horrified shoppers call for an ambulance.
One distressed shopper described the attack as “barbaric”.
Marilyn Tonkin, a worker in the shopping centre, said what happened to the woman was “cruel”.
On Tuesday, police returned to the scene to try and find the woman’s assailant.
The 30-year-old’s colleagues have been left shaken while centre management said security at the complex would be reviewed to ensure the safety of all staff.
The Shopworkers Union has called for an upgrade to security, adding there’s been 40 reports of violent crime at the shopping centre in the last 12 months.
The man is described as Caucasian and aged in his 30s. He has facial hair and was wearing a dark beanie, a dark zip-up jacket, a white T-shirt, dark track pants with a white logo and dark shoes.
Anyone with information in relation to this incident can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.