It was 7.45pm on Tuesday night when a woman spotted a grey-haired man pull a balaclava over his face and run at her with a hammer, police say.
CCTV footage shows the pair alone in a desolate Ringwood East carpark. As the hooded man approaches, he wrestles with the woman, dragging her by the arms before swinging her body full circle and slamming her into the ground.
The woman, who is remains unidentified, managed to grabthe hammer from the man’s hand before he placed her in a headlock.
“He has tried to choke her from behind when she screamed and alerted people in nearby shops,” Senior Constable from Victoria Police, David Price, told The Herald Sun.