You know who are and what you've done.
But you may not know how much your help meant to Stacey Sweeney.
The 16-year-old and her family are on the search for a good samaritan who intervened in an attempted attack in Henderson last Thursday.
Miss Sweeney and friend Michaela Ferguson, 16, were walking back to their car on Railside Ave around 9pm when they were approached by three men.
The girls had just left Noodle Canteen when three men grabbed them and pushed them up against a car.
Stacey says she could see people watching the attack unfold but no one came to their aid at first.
"We tried to walk away but they kept following us.
"I was really scared and I was thinking the worst."
But help did come in the form of a tall Polynesian man who intervened and escorted the girls back to their car away from the men.
The man also stood his ground and pushed them away when the men continued to be a nuisance.
"If it wasn't for him, no one was going to help us," Stacey says.
Stacey's mother Evelyn Sweeney says the family wants to thank the man for protecting the girls.
"I want to find this guy and let him know how much it means to me that they were escorted to their car.
"I am forever grateful as I don't know what may have happened if he wasn't there."
Both girls are now enrolling in self-defence classes as a result of the attack.
Constable Ryan Bunting says police would also like to hear from the man.
"This good samaritan very kindly stepped in to help, and we'd like to hear from him to firstly say thanks very much and secondly, to see if he could provide any further information that may assist our inquiry," Mr Bunting says.
Police arrested three men at the scene after it was reported they were intimidating the young women.
A 25-year-old Henderson man appeared in the Waitakere District Court on October 18 charged with indecent assault in relation to the incident. He will reappear in court on November 11.
The other two men were released without charge.
Police advise anyone who fears for their safety to call 111 immediately.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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