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Sydney Concord home invasion: Man accused of sexually assaulting 92-year-old woman

A man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 92-year-old woman during a break-in at her Sydney home.

Police say they were called to Concord around 4am on Saturday following reports of a home invasion in Burton St.

Police were told a man broke into the home and physically and sexually assaulted the 92-year-old woman before stealing cash and fleeing.

The 28-year-old allegedly fled the scene with a stolen wallet and cash after physically and sexually assaulting the 92-year-old woman in her Concord home

Police say the woman activated her emergency medical alarm during the attack, which alerted her son, who contacted emergency services. 

Detective Acting Superintendent Chris Goddard told 2GB radio the elderly woman was doing 'remarkably well, considering the circumstances'. 

'It was a very confronting scene, when your dealing with some of the most vulnerable members of our community'. 

The 92-year-old victim was able to activate her emergency medical alarm to alert her son of the alleged attack and has been described by police as 'brave, positive and strong-willed'

'To see something like this is probably one of the most appalling things I've seen in 30 years of policing,' said Mr Goddard. 

She was treated by paramedics for injuries, including cuts and bruises, before being taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. 

She has since been released into the care of her family.

Detectives from the State Crime Command's Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad and Burwood Police Area Command established Strike Force Nelumbo and arrested a 28-year-old man in Homebush on Sunday.

Detective Acting Superintendent Chris Goddard confirmed the attack was random, with police arresting the identified man when he was spotted on the side of the road 

Mr Goddard said it was an outstanding team effort from all parts of the NSW Police force and 'good old fashioned police work' that led to the arrest of the man. 

'The crime scene was processed meticulously by our forensics evidence command, which gave us some evidence to go with, with eagle eye detectives out and about patrolling once we'd identified a suspect'.  

He was charged with aggravated break and enter, aggravated sex assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was refused bail and will appear at Burwood Local Court on Monday. 

The man was charged with aggravated break and enter, aggravated sex assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was refused bail for crimes police describe as 'sickening'

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