Woman's Dogs Scare Off Attacker In Cemetery
A woman was walking her two dogs through a cemetery when a man pushed her to the ground, shoved her face into the mud and tried to rip off her pants.
The victim was making her way through Williamstown Cemetery on Champion Road in Melbourne at 8.30pm on June 29 when she was approached from behind.
With one push, she was on the ground and while she could scream, she was unable to fight back.
"It got to a point where he was trying to take my pants down and I was kind of pushed into the mud unable to really move and by that point when he had gone that far, my screams got louder," she told reporters on Tuesday.
Thankfully her two dogs Louie, a terrier cross, and RuPaul, a Shih Tzu, quickly came to her aid.
"They viciously attacked him, growling and biting and I think with my screaming and struggling, it made him stop," Kate said.
The attacker fled towards Park Crescent, while the victim sprinted home and contacted police.
She didn't get a look at the attacker's face, describing him only as having a large build and wearing a black puffer jacket and white beanie.
People often gather at the cemetery in the early evening and police are hoping someone there heard or saw something.
"We're aware that people congregate at the cemetery at night so we are urging and really keen to speak to those people who may have witnessed anything or had been in the area at the time of the incident, to call Crime Stoppers," detective senior constable Jenna Sladek said.
She assured the public that the attack was an isolated incident.
"The nature of the offending is quite serious," she said. "It is a one-off, we haven't had any other reports of anything else happening in the area and we want to make sure that anyone with information will come forward and contact triple zero".
The attack a toll on the victim who lives alone in the area.
She admitted she didn't return home for a week and got her dogs cared for in the days after.
"I was shocked and quite upset about it," she said. "It's disgusting, it came out of nowhere, I didn't see anyone around, I didn't hear anybody behind me, around me, it makes me feel like maybe I had been watched."
Kate said she is grateful that her small pups, one and two-years-old, stood by her side and were brave enough to attack.
"We're classing them as little heroes," said Sladek.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.