Detectives from the Sexual Crimes Squad have arrested a man as part of their investigation into a report of a sexual assault in Middle Park last weekend.

Investigators have been told a woman was approached by a man on Acland Street in St Kilda about 8am on Saturday 23 July 2022.

It’s believed the pair had a short discussion where than man asked the woman for assistance.

He subsequently followed her and sexually assaulted her at a residential property in Patterson Street, Middle Park 3206 at approx 09:25am.

The woman then contacted police shortly after the man left the property.

 

On Monday 25 July 2022, Detectives combed the surrounding streets seeking CCTV from Middle Park and St Kilda West locals.

On Tuesday 26 July 2022, detectives arrested Tomasi Sotia Dredre, a 35-year-old Eltham man in St Kilda and he attended the Melbourne Magistrates Court, before a Magistrate for an out of sessions hearing at 7pm on Tuesday 26 July 2022.

Police are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was in the Acland Street, St Kilda or Middle Park areas on Saturday morning and may have seen the man.

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000