Identikit image of Ross Creek assault suspect released

Police are looking for this man, who approached a woman in the hours before another woman was sexually assaulted in Ross ...
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Police are looking for this man, who approached a woman in the hours before another woman was sexually assaulted in Ross Creek, Dunedin on Monday night.

Police have released an Identikit image of a man who is wanted in connection with a sexual assault in Ross Creek, Dunedin on Monday night.

Detective Senior Sergeant Kallum Croudis said the composite photo was released after a second woman came forward to say she believed she may have been approached by the attacker in the hours before the incident.

A 23-year-old woman was running in the Ross Creek reservoir where a man lay in wait before a "blitz" attack about 9.15pm on Monday night.

A mannequin dressed in the clothing police believe the offender was wearing when he sexually assaulted a woman in Ross ...
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A mannequin dressed in the clothing police believe the offender was wearing when he sexually assaulted a woman in Ross Creek, Dunedin on Monday night.

She was attacked from behind, tied up with black cable or zip ties and sexually assaulted before the man fled the scene.

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Croudis said the man in Identikit image was not necessarily involved in the Ross Creek attack, but the second woman said he was wearing clothing similar to what the asault victim had described.

Anyone who recognised the man should contact police, Croudis said.

On Friday, police dressed a mannequin in the clothing police believe the offender was wearing at the time of the attack, including a black balaclava.

"We are looking to hear from anyone who has seen someone wearing the clothing described with or without the balaclava," Croudis said.

"We're also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a discarded balaclava in the wider area."

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Croudis called for information from anyone who may have seen a man in the area wearing the clothing in the photo and carrying a bag or pack.

Anyone with information on the clothing or the composite photo is asked to contact the Dunedin Central Police Station on 03 471 4800.

Information can also be provided anonymously to organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 - Stuff

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