Attacker flees after cry for help

Last updated 17:44 01/10/2012

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A woman’s cries for help scared off an attacker who knocked her to the ground outside Palmerston North Hospital.

Detective Sergeant Ashley Gurney, from Palmerston North police, said the woman called for help, causing her attacker to leave.

She was not injured in the assault but was ‘‘badly shaken’’ by it, he said.

‘‘It’s a fairly brazen attack in a public place where there are lots of people moving around in the hospital grounds.’’

The attack happened on the Ruahine St side of the hospital, to the south of the main hospital building.

The offender has been described as a solidly-built Maori man tall and clean-shaven, with short hair. He was wearing dark clothing and a carrying a backpack.

Mr Gurney said police were interested in hearing from anyone who was near the shops opposite the Ruahine St entrances to the hospital grounds between noon and 1pm yesterday.
Anyone with information can contact Palmerston North police on 06 351 3600 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
.Police are looking for a man who assaulted a woman on the grounds of Palmerston North Hospital.

The incident happened about 12.50pm Monday. Police said the middle-aged victim was not injured.

She was, however, "badly shaken" and was being supported by family members and Victim Support.

The offender has been described as a solidly-built Maori man, who was tall and clean shaven with short hair.

He was wearing dark clothing and a carrying a backpack.

Police are interested in hearing from anyone who was near the shops opposite the Ruahine St entrances to the hospital grounds between 12pm and 1pm Monday.

Anyone with information can contact Palmerston North police on 351 3600 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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