A police investigation has been launched after a naked man indecently assaulted a 5-year-old girl in Coromandel overnight.
Detective Inspector Chris Page said the girl had been walking with family along the Riverview Rd Reserve, Cooks Beach, when she and her 7-year-old cousin were confronted by the man at about 7.30pm.
‘‘The two children were a short distance in front of other family members as the group walked back from the beach.
‘‘It was then the girls were confronted by this naked man who indecently assaulted the 5-year-old girl before members of the public and family intervened.’’
The man was chased by a member of the public and was last seen leaving the area in a silver hatchback car with slightly tinted windows.
He was described as a clean-shaven Caucasian with dark hair.
He was also carrying a red and yellow towel.
‘‘Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time who saw this person or observed a vehicle fitting the description,’’ Page said.
Anyone with information can contact the Whitianga Police Station on 07 858 6200.
Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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