Police are appealing for information after a woman was indecently assaulted in a "brazen daylight attack" in a public reserve in South Auckland.
The 33-year-old was left distressed and frightened after the attack about 1.40pm yesterday in Kirks Bush, Papakura, police said.
Detective Sergeant Michele Gillespie said the woman had been walking through Kirks Bush from Beach Rd towards rugby fields at the rear of the reserve when she was grabbed from behind. An unknown man put his arms around her face and body.
She was dragged backwards for about 10 metres before being thrown to the ground.
After a struggle, the victim managed to break free and the offender fled towards Great South Rd.
"This brazen daylight attack was very distressing and frightening for the victim," Gillespie said.
"We need to apprehend this offender as soon as possible to ensure he does not have the opportunity to do this to anyone else."
The man was described as about 20 years old, of European descent, about 177 centimetres tall and of slim to medium build. He was wearing a blue or grey hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, long pants and heavy shoes or boots.
Police advice to people walking alone, particularly in unfamiliar areas, was to avoid dark and isolated places, keep your cellphone where you can reach it, and if possible walk in view of traffic or other pedestrians, Gillespie said.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious about the time of the attack was asked to contact police.