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Woman Strangled With Bike Lock In Random Attack

A woman has become subject to a terrifying, “random” attack in south-west Sydney yesterday after a man stalked her and tangled her with a bike lock.

People nearby have helped save the 27-year-old woman after a man pushed her to the ground and wrapped a bike chain around her neck.

The attack occurred at around 8:30pm last night after the woman stepped off a bus in Ashfield. She soon noticed that a man was following closely behind her as she walked down Bland Street.

The woman attempted to lose the man by turning down Julia Street and walking into the front yard of a unit complex, but the man caught up and attacked her.

“The nature of this attack is concerning,” said Acting Superintendent Andrew Graham. “The fact that it appears to be a random attack…the motive is unclear at this stage.”

A couple sitting in a nearby car heard the woman’s screams and ran to her aid. The attacker punched the man trying to help the woman before fleeing the scene.

The 27-year-old woman was semi-conscious when the couple fought off her attacker, and she was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with neck injuries.

Police have now released CCTV footage of a man that they believe can assist with their investigations. He is described as being Caucasian appearance. aged in his 20s and of a tall, slim build.

Anyone with information over the attack should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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