Sex predators on the prowl

POLICE are on the hunt for two sexual predators who attacked women in Rockhampton and at the Capricorn Coast over the weekend.

The unrelated attacks resulted in the attempted rape of a 20-year-old Rockhampton woman on Saturday night and the sexual assault of a 58-year old woman on Farnborough Beach yesterday. The first attack happened at the corner of Bolsover and South streets about 10.15pm on Saturday.

The victim is believed to have been waiting outside a closed takeaway store when a man approached her and asked her to perform a sexual act on him.

When she refused he allegedly punched her in the face, causing her to fall to the ground, before attempting to remove her clothing.

She escaped by poking him in the eye and kneeing him in the stomach.

She ran to the nearby Globe Hotel where staff called police. "We just heard this bloodcurdling scream and she came in shaking and asked us to call police,'' a staff member who asked not to be named said.

"She was clearly upset and we just gave her a shoulder to cry on until the police arrived.''

Plainclothes Constable Darren Wardsworth said the suspect was of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander appearance, about 170cm tall and wearing a white shirt, black pants and a baseball cap.

In the second attack, a 58-yearold woman was sexually assaulted while on a stroll along Farnborough Beach about 10am yesterday.

The suspect allegedly knocked the woman, who was visiting the Capricorn Coast, to the ground and assaulted her, before escaping through dunes near beach access 11.

Police say while the attack was of a sexual nature it did not involve rape.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Broadfoot from Yeppoon CIB said police were seeking witnesses who were near the Barwells Creek area of the beach.

The suspect was of Caucasian appearance, in his late forties, 177cm tall, of slim build with sandy hair and tanned skin.

He is believed to have been wearing a brown shirt and pants with no shoes and a brown beach towel at the time of the attack.

A Comfit picture of both suspects is expected to be released by police today.

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