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Vic police prevent potential sex attack

AAP logoAAP 8/10/2016 Jacqueline Le

A Melbourne man was stopped from sexually assaulting women after he followed them to their cars, police believe.

Daniel Vassallo, 41, appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Saturday on drug possession charges after he was arrested near a Flemington park.

"Police intervention has prevented an event from occurring," police prosecutor Mark Sontag told the court.

Officers arrested Vassallo on Friday after receiving reports a suspicious male was following women to their vehicles, the court heard.

"He was unable to give a valid explanation as to why he was loitering," Leading Senior Constable Sontag said.

"When asked what he was doing there, he said 'to take revenge on the enemy'."

Vassallo allegedly appeared drug-affected and police say they found methylamphetamines, a spoon, three syringes and three condoms when they searched him.

Police said they were concerned he was loitering near the park and allege Vassallo has "a fascination and obsession with women" and "regards them as mere objects".

He was refused bail by Magistrate Ross Betts and will reappear in court on October 14.

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