A man has been caught on CCTV jumping over a fence near the Ellenbrook home where a seven-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in her bed on Christmas Day.
Police said they were now looking for the man to either “imply or eliminate” him from their investigation of the “heinous” attack.
“We identify him as someone who can assist us in our investigations at this stage,” said Detective Hamish McKenzie.
“It’s clear he’s skipping a fence just after midnight at those times, so he’s going to be important to us, and we need to understand what he was doing in the area and why he climbed the fence.
“We are not shutting down our thoughts that there may be others involved… But he is just one person we want to talk to and want to either implicate or eliminate him from our lines of inquiry.”
Police say the man has short, cropped hair and may be bald.
He has been described as between 180 cm and 190 cm tall, light in complexion and with an “athletic” build.
The man was wearing a t-shirt, shorts and sandals, and one scene was carrying a backpack.
It-Insp McKenzie said police could not say whether the sexual assault was carried out during a burglary in the home or was a targeted attack on the seven-year-old girl.
The release of the footage comes after police revealed they were investigating whether the attacker could have climbed over a neighbor’s fence to gain access to or escape the Ellenbrook property.
A wall adjacent to the home where a little girl was sexually assaulted has become the center of forensic investigation as dozens of detectives continue to search the area in search of multiple clues.
Chief Investigator Det-Insp. Hamish McKenzie previously revealed that officers had found the hippopotamus, which is believed to have been taken the night of the attack.
“We’ve had some developments over the night, finding the fly screen that we’ve been looking for in the search area,” he said.
“So it is a particularly gratifying development for us. And it has been clinically tested while we talk. “
Police say the girl went to bed “as usual” at 8pm on December 26, after her parents had put her to bed.
But at some point during the night, a man broke into the house and entered the little girl’s bedroom while the parents slept some distance away.
They first heard about their daughter’s ordeal when they got up around noon. 9 Monday and she told them what had happened. They then called the police.
Officers have not yet found the missing Christmas pajama top belonging to the girl, who is believed to have been taken by the attacker, and have made a further appeal to the public to help find it.