Police release image of attacker

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 08:00 12/01/2013
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Wanted: A police identikit image of the man believed responsible for a Broadway Ave, Palmerston North, sex attack.

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A young woman who was sexually violated in an early morning attack in Palmerston North has helped create a picture of her assailant for police, who are appealing to the public to help identify the man.

Palmerston North police investigating the January 6 attack on a 19-year-old woman had spoken to a number of potential suspects but hadn't yet identified the culprit, Detective Sergeant Shelley Ross said.

Police yesterday released an identikit picture of the suspect based on the victim's description.

The woman was attacked by a man as she walked along the street near the intersection of Broadway Ave and Albert St.

Police believed the attack occurred between 5.30am and 6.30am, Ross said.

"She was walking from one address to another address, and was walking down what she believed was a public road. She was then grabbed by a male who she did not know and was taken into an alleyway."

Police had spoken to a number of men in relation to the incident but none were being investigated further, Ross said.

The victim's injuries did not require hospitalisation and she had been referred to support services.

Police had no reason to believe the attack was related to other recent sexual attacks in Palmerston North, Ross said.

Police encouraged anyone who recognised the man pictured, or who had any other information, to contact Palmerston North police on 06 351 3600.

Information can also be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers, phone 0800 555 111.

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