Police are upping patrols in Hamilton's Chartwell area as they look for a man who tried to abduct a 12-year-old girl in a quiet cul-du-sac, on the same night a woman was raped in Te Rapa.
The 12-year-old schoolgirl was walking on Amethyst Ave, near her home, just before 6pm on Tuesday when police say a man grabbed her by the arm and pulled her into his car. He then told her to stay in the vehicle while he walked around the car's front to the driver's side.
As he did that the quick-thinking girl managed to escape and raised the alarm, said Detective Sergeant Kris Clarke, of the Hamilton Child Protection Team.
The girl made it home and told her parents, who called police.
The man sought is described as caucasian of medium build, aged between 45 and 50.
His car is described as a dark blue four-door with dents to its rear.
Anyone with information, or who may have seen something suspicious, is asked to contact Clarke at Hamilton Central Police Station on 07 858 6200.
Clarke said police have increased patrols in and around the Chartwell area after the close of school and into the evenings.
They are also in contact with nearby schools and urging parents and caregivers to talk to their children about what to do if they are approached by a stranger.
"It is of concern to us that a girl has been approached in such brazen daylight.
"We just want to reiterate that children need to be aware that if they are not comfortable about anyone they see lurking in the area to make their way to a safe place.
"Police are reminding parents and caregivers of the importance of discussing the issue of stranger danger to their children and of the value of their children being supervised or advising parents where they are or where they are going at all times." Clarke said children should stick to higher traffic areas and avoid quiet streets in the dark.
Meanwhile, police are continuing to seek information on the rape of a woman in Te Rapa, despite one man being arrested.
Car groomer Nicholas William Christopher O'Loughlin appeared in the Hamilton District Court yesterday charged with sexual violation by rape and two counts of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection.
O'Loughlin is alleged to have sexually assaulted the woman as she walked home from work about 5.15pm on Tuesday.
Hamilton CIB Detective Sergeant Will Loughrin said police were seeking information on a metallic green and grey Mitsubishi RVR vehicle, parked on Mahana Road, adjacent to the Te Wananga o Aotearoa building, between 5.15pm and 5.45pm on September 2.
"We are also particularly keen to hear from anyone who noticed a light-skinned Polynesian or Maori male of solid build about 180cm tall in that area, or by the vehicle police are seeking information about."
Police would also like to hear from anyone who saw unusual behaviour in, or around, the grass alleyway next to Te Wananga building and sightings of a woman walking in that area.
Anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact Hamilton Police on 07 858 6200. Information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
- Waikato Times