Woman speaks out after daylight street robbery

Lorraine afronts the media. Photo: Afina Najib.

A 65-year-old woman has spoken to the media after she was threatened with a knife and robbed on a public street in Dawesville on Monday.

The victim, who asked for her surname to be kept secret, was walking her dog along Albany Drive, near Old Coast Road, just a few minutes from her home just after midday.

She said a man riding a noisy off-road motorbike pulled up beside her and demanded she give him her purse.

The man drove past the woman, went to the end of the street and then turned back around.

As he came past her, he tried to take her purse, but it was tied to her wrist.

The man then produced a 30cm knife and threatened the woman before riding away with the purse.

Det-Sen. Const. Dan Major said he believed the attack was opportunistic.

“It’s a heinous crime for a 65-year-old lady to experience this on her way to the deli to pick up some lunch for the afternoon; so it is very disturbing to us,” Det-Sen. Const. Major said.

He said police had door knocked the area and checked nearby cameras to see if the man was captured on CCTV.

“Dawesville is quite a tight-knit area so we are hoping someone recognises the description that we provided, and they might be a neighbour of this person and might be able to provide the information to put this all together,” he said.

“She was very shaken up and is of the hope that we do identify this person to prevent him from doing it to anyone else.”

Lorraine said she hoped that by telling her story to the public, people would be better informed.

“I want to get it out there to let people know that things like this are happening” she said.

“A lot of people walk their dogs and children around our way because of the water and it’s going to happen again if they don’t get him.”


Det-Sen. Const. Dan Major. Photo: Afina Najib.

Det-Sen. Const. Major said the suspect was aged in his 20s, with olive skin and a slim build.

He was also described as having a tattoo of black lettering or a symbol on his right shoulder that was visible under a black singlet.

The motorbike is described as a black, off-road bike with reasonably new tyres.

He was last seen heading towards Dunsborough Court in Dawesville.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.