Palmerston North police want help from the public to help identify a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman walking home from a bar.
The man in his early 20s led the woman to a parking area between two commercial properties on Andrew Young St and sexually assaulted her shortly after 2am on May 11, police said.
The man is described as Caucasian, with a skinny build, and has shoulder-length dark hair that was dirty and unkempt.
The woman, who had earlier become separated from her friend, began walking home from an inner city bar through The Square and onto Main St.
At the intersection of George St and Main St she was approached by the man who she had initially seen riding a mountain bike ahead of her.
The man had started walking with her as she continued along Main St, police said.
At the intersection of Andrew Young and Main St the man has led her to the parking area where he assaulted her before leaving the area and walking back to where he had stashed his bike.
Oram said the woman had no physical injuries as a result of the assault but was traumatised by the situation she had found herself in.
Detective Johnny Oram of the Palmerston North CIB said police were notified immediately after the assault which allowed them to preserve some vital evidence and review CCTV footage.
"Due to the large number of CCTV cameras in The Square and others operated by businesses in the area, we have some clear footage of events leading up to and after this assault."
"Police want to identify the man who was wearing a blue hoodie and maroon pants, and in one shot is riding what has been described as a silver-grey mountain bike.
"We appeal to anyone that may have been around that area at the time and saw a person matching this description to contact police," Oram said.
The Police Ten-7 television show will feature an appeal to help identify the man tomorrow night.
If anyone knows the identity of the man or has any other information please contact Detective Oram on 06 351 3877. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Manawatu Standard