Man allegedly masturbated in front of woman on Melbourne train

Police areseeking public help after a man allegedly pulled down his pants and began masturbating in front of a horrified woman on a Melbourne train.

It is understood the man boarded the train at Sunshine station on the Sunbury line towards the city about 8.15pm on November 19.

When the train was between Southern Cross and Flinders Street stations he then allegedly exposed himself and started to masturbate in front of a 28-year-old woman from Bentleigh.

Transit Crime Investigation Unit detectives on Thursday launched a public appeal for witnesses, with police alleging the man also stalked the victim after she left the train.

He appeared to follow her up the escalator and then loitered in the station’s concourse area while the victim continued walking, police said.

The man briefly left the station at the Federation Square exit and returned a short time later to board a train to Southern Cross Railway Station where he exited walking west along Collins Street about 8.55pm.

He is described as slim with a muscular build and short dark hair.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a black singlet top, beige cargo pants, beige boots and carrying a black bag.

Transit Investigation and Response Inspector Andrew Gustke said the man’s alleged behaviour was “completely unacceptable and opportunistic”.

“Everyone has the right to go about their day without being impacted by crime or violence on their commute, and we want to reassure the community that we take these reports very seriously,” he said.

“We will do everything we can to ensure we hold the right person to account.

“We’re asking anyone who might recognise this man to come forward to police. We will also be present at Sunshine Railway Station to talk to the community and ensure that people feel safe and are safe.

Anyone with information or who recognises the man should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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