Just when it appeared all the good samaritans were gone, a Bay of Plenty woman has renewed hope after breaking up a sexual assault.
The woman was walking near a creek in Kawerau, near Whakatane, about 6pm last Thursday, when she came across three men assaulting a teenage girl.
Instead of doing nothing, like some Aucklanders did earlier this month, she intervened and ordered the men to leave the girl alone.
The order must have been forceful as the men fled towards a skate park and were not seen again.
The girl later reported to Kawerau police that she was sexually assaulted by the trio.
Bay of Plenty police posted the story on its Facebook page yesterday, describing the unidentified woman who broke up the assault as a good samaritan and asking for her to come forward.
Today, a Bay of Plenty police spokeswoman said they were still attempting to locate the good samaritan, who could have vital information to help identify and capture the attackers.
They also appealed to the public for information about the men, described as in their late teens or early 20s, wearing red and black clothing.
Anyone with information can contact Kawerau Police on 07 323 1400 or Whakatane Police on 07 308 5255.
Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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