A 22-year-old man has been arrested over the attempted sexual assault of a child in Driver.
He allegedly broke into a home and assaulted a child aged between six and 10 on Wednesday afternoon.
Police say he fled in the nude heading towards Widdup Crescent before after being interrupted by a resident.
Detective Senior Sergeant Karl Day says they arrested the man in Grey.
“As a result of some forensic material, detectives flooded the area of Palmerston this morning and located the suspect in a phone box,” he says.
“The suspect is currently being processed in the Palmerston police station and a prosecution file is being prepared.”
“There is no place for predators like this in the community and it’s a great result to get someone like this off the streets.”
Detective Day acknowledged the efforts of crime scene examiners, forensic scientists and members of the sex and crime division.
“I’d [also] like to thank members of the community for coming forward with information.”
The 22-year-old, who was not know to the family, is expected to be charged with attempted sexual assault of a child.