Man remanded over alleged abduction attempt
One of two men arrested following two separate alleged abduction attempts on women in Dunedin on Saturday night has appeared in court today.
Motueka man Joseph Lepper, 36, was remanded in custody on charges relating to one alleged abduction attempt until November 12.
Police opposed bail for Lepper, accused of attempting to abduct a 22-year-old woman in Vogel St around 9.30pm.
A 17-year-old man co-charged with Lepper is yet to appear.
It was alleged the men tried to force the woman into a vehicle, police said.
She escaped with help of Vogel St residents.
Dunedin was busier than usual on Saturday night, having hosted the All Blacks rugby test against Australia.
Police were also looking for a man involved in a second abduction attempt, on a 24-year-old woman near Bathgate Park in South Dunedin later that night.
She was walking along the street about midnight when grabbed from behind by an unidentified man and held in a bear hug.
He tried to drag her off the street.
"She struggled and managed to break free," Baker said.
Police were following a number of leads, he said.
Police did not believe the two incidents to be related.
Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis said both incidents were very serious.
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