A 78-year-old man was assaulted and robbed after leaving an ATM in Bankstown last week and police are appealing for assistance as their investigations continue.
About 10.50pm on Wednesday, November 1, the man withdrew money from an ATM at Greenfield Parade, Bankstown and began to walk away when he was approached by a man.
He told police the man hit him in the face and took the money, with a nearby witness running to assist the 78-year-old.
The man was chased into a nearby alleyway but managed to escape. He was last seen heading towards Stewart Lane, Bankstown.
The 78-year-old man, who only wants to be known as Jim, suffered a minor cut to his face but was not otherwise physically injured; however he was shaken by the incident.
"I'm now scared to go outside my front door. It's no good," Jim said.
"I've lived here in Australia for more than 45 years and this is the first time anything like this has happened to me… He is a coward, hitting an old man."
Detectives from Bankstown Local Area Command have been conducting extensive inquiries into the incident and released CCTV of a person they believe can assist with their inquiries.
Bankstown Police Commander, Superintendent Scott Whyte has appealed for assistance in identifying the man.
"It's a well lit area, lots of cctv, and its not something thats going to happen all the time," Sup Whyte said.
"Unfortunately this person has decided to attack Jim. its his action alone that caused this and it's not something that would happen all the time. we would say to people always be aware of your surrounds."
The person in the CCTV is described as a male of Asian appearance, with a thin build, and wearing a white baseball cap, a black short-sleeved polo shirt, dark-coloured patterned pants and black slide sandals with white socks. He was wheeling a black bag and carrying a white satchel.
Anyone who knows this person's identity or anyone with information to assist detectives is asked to call Bankstown Police via Crime Stoppers.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.