Police are investigating a sexual assault on the staff member of a Napier retirement home.
The woman was was sitting in her car parked on Domett St that runs along the rear of the Princess Alexandra Retirement Village having a short break when a man approached her at 9.45pm last night.
Detective Sergeant Jason Crowe said the man dragged her out of the car and onto Ahuriri Park, which borders Domett St, and sexually assaulted her.
The woman was found about half an hour later by her work colleagues. She received minor injuries in the attack.
Crowe said police were keen to speak to anyone who was in the Ahuriri Park or Princess Alexandra village area around the time of the attack.
"This was a serious attack on an innocent victim who has been traumatised and badly shaken by her ordeal. It's important that we talk to anyone who can shed some light on who was responsible for this.
"There would have been a reasonable amount of traffic in the area around that time last night, so anyone driving past Princess Alexandra or around the Ahuriri Park area may have seen someone acting suspiciously," Mr Crowe said.
He said descriptions of the offender were vague at present.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact Crowe at Hawke's Bay police on 06 831 0700 or information can be left anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
- The Dominion Post