Girl breaks free from would-be abductor

Last updated 05:00 04/02/2014

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A teenage girl was able to break free from a man who was trying to abduct her in a Hamilton street on Sunday.

Police believe the abduction attempt could be linked to a similar attack that happened earlier on the same day and are asking witnesses to come forward with information.

A 16-year-old girl walking along Edgecumbe St, Whitiora, was approached by a man driving a silver saloon about 11am on Sunday.

"The man has pulled up alongside the girl, called out to her offering her a lift before getting out of his car," acting Detective Sergeant Nick O'Brien said.

He approached her, took her hand and when she pulled away he grabbed her around the waist.

"The girl kicked out at her attacker and ran to a nearby address to raise the alarm."

The man was described as dark-skinned, aged in his 40s to 50s, of lean muscular build with short, dark hair.

He was said to be wearing a black T-shirt with a white design on the chest, dark knee-length shorts and black, red and white sneakers with white laces.

"We would like to hear from anyone who recalls seeing the incident, who saw a silver saloon in the area about the time of the attack or anyone who may know the identity of the attacker," O'Brien said.

Police are considering whether the attempted abduction is related to a similar incident reported in Hamilton's Hood St about 6am.

Anyone with information about either incident should Hamilton Central police station on 07 858 6200. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Meanwhile, Rotorua police are investigating two linked sexual assaults, one on a teenaged girl, near the lake front.

About 7.45pm on January 21, a woman known only as "Ann" became concerned for the welfare of a 22-year-old woman at the village green near Pizza Hut, Rotorua. She told a Pizza Hut staffer about her concerns, who in turn called police.

Police think the woman was sexually assaulted and that people may have seen her in the area at the time.

They are also seeking information about a second sexual assault that happened in the male toilets at the lake front near Pizza Hut on the same night and around the same time.

A couple alerted police when they arrived at the Rotorua Police Custody Centre about 9.15pm. They reported what they believed was a drunk man in one of the cubicles.

But police now believe it was a 15-year-old girl, who was sexually assaulted.

Police think the two incidents are linked, but would not reveal further details. Nor would they provide a description of the offender. However, they did not have anyone in custody last night.

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Rotorua police want to speak to "Ann" as a potential witness as well as the couple, again, as soon as possible.

- Waikato Times

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