Arrest made after series of assaults

Last updated 14:03 01/02/2013

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A woman woke to find an unknown man stroking her arm last night in one of three connected incidents in the Lower Hutt's Waiwhetu area.

Hutt Valley Police have arrested a 29-year-old male following the incidents last night.

The man has been charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of indecent assault and common assault and is due to appear in the Lower Hutt District Court today. 

Further charges are likely.

Police were called to an address in Waiwhetu after a woman awoke to find an unknown male stroking her arm.

The man left after being confronted, and was found a short time later by police.

Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Cooper said they believed the man was linked to another two incidents earlier in the night.

"In one of these incidents a victim was punched in the face after answering the door to the intruder, this was followed soon after by a female occupant being accosted in her home."

Mr Cooper said police wanted to anyone may who have had been victim to similar but unreported incidents, as well as anyone who saw the man in the area.

The man is described as Maori, about 175 centimetres tall, of medium build and wearing dark shorts and T-shirt, he said.

''He may have also been on a push bike."

Police are also reminding people to be mindful of hone security following a number of night time burglaries in the Lower Hutt area in the past few weeks.

Anyone with any information should phone Lower Hutt Police on 04 560 2600 or to provide information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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