Man faces charges after attack
Police are hoping residents will feel a sense of relief now that a man has been charged with an attack on a female jogger on Auckland's North Shore this April.
A 23-year-old Northcote man is facing two charges of indecent assault in the North Shore District Court this morning.
Police have spent months searching for the attackers of two women in Takapuna and Narrow Neck in April.
Worried residents took to Facebook to voice their concerns following the two brazen sexual attacks.
Comments showed solidarity for the two female victims with many people urging the community to stay safe.
"Take care and don't put yourselves at risk," Robyn Transom wrote.
"Not in my Devonport," Rob Douglas says.
Angela Besant says the incidents were "awful" and Tayla Stick says it should be safe to jog at any time.
"Going for a run/walk whether it be 5 in the morning or 10 at night for our community is just apart of the everyday healthy culture we live," commenter Simone Balle says.
"Devonport has always been a safe and close knit home for us and this is purely an act of an idiot who needs to be thrown in the sea."
North Shore Police Detective Aaron Iremonger says, "the arrest of this man will hopefully bring a sense of relief to the local community".
On April 22 a 24-year-old woman was grabbed from behind as she was jogging along Lake Rd near the Waitemata Golf Club.
Police said a man approached the woman at around 10pm and placed a hand over her mouth.
A struggle ensued before the man ran off into the trees near Seabreeze Ave, Narrow Neck.
Just hours earlier a 29-year-old woman was grabbed from behind and dragged to the ground outside the Takapuna Fire Station.
The woman was walking alone through Killarney Park, on her way from the popular Sunday markets in Takapuna, at around 9.30am on April 21 when she was assaulted.
Detective Sergeant Scott Armstrong said at the time both attacks were of a sexual nature and while both victims were shaken and suffered minor abrasions, they did not require hospital treatment.
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