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Thursday 1 June 2023 Dublin: 9°C
# random attack
Facebook pic helps police capture man who punched woman in the face
The incident occurred in Melbourne, Australia, earlier this week.

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A WOMAN WHO was punched in the face by a stranger followed her alleged attacker to take his photo – and her actions helped get him arrested.

Erica Moloney (32) was leaving her gym in Melbourne, Australia, when the man punched her. She described her actions on her Facebook page, saying: “I was smashed in the face as I exited a gym class in Melbourne’s cbd.”

She gave chase and took his photo, before asking: “Why did you hit me?”. His response, she said, was: “Do you want a fresh one, you stupid b***h?”.

She then uploaded the photos to Facebook to warn other people. “If you see this (blurry) monster keep a safe distance and maybe call the cops,” she told her Facebook friends.

“The more communities stand up against this kind of violence, the more action there will be to get these guys off the street sand get them help if they need it,” she told 7 News.

It transpired that the man had just punched another random victim, and police were looking for him.

As Moloney was giving her statement to police, she spotted the man again, and he was arrested.

“I’m not a hero, I just refuse to be helpless,” she told 7 News. “And people have really responded to that.”

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