Man caught on CCTV jumping over a fence near the home of seven-year-old Ellenbrook victim of sexual assault

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.

WA police have released CCTV vision in relation to the sexual assault of a girl in Ellenbrook.
Camera iconWA police have released CCTV vision in relation to the sexual assault of a girl in Ellenbrook. Credit: Unknown/WA politi
WA police have released CCTV vision in relation to the sexual assault of a girl in Ellenbrook.
Camera iconWA police have released CCTV vision in relation to the sexual assault of a girl in Ellenbrook. Credit: Unknown/WA politi

“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.

WA police investigation into action in suburb Ellenbrook after a seven-year-old was assaulted on Christmas Day.
Camera iconWA police investigation in action. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The Western Australian

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.

Police are searching a large area of ​​Ellenbrook today after a young girl was sexually assaulted overnight.
Camera iconPolice are searching a large area in Ellenbrook. Credit: Michael Wilson/The Western Australian

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. “

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