Attack prompts second woman to come forward

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 10:12 27/05/2014

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Media coverage of an attempted abduction at a popular exercise spot in Hamilton has triggered a second woman to come forward. 

Last Thursday, police said a man grabbed a woman between 11am and noon at the Hamilton Lake Reserve.

He tried to drag her behind a shed before a passer-by intervened and the man ran off.

Police appealed for information from the public and it triggered another woman to come forward, Detective Sergeant Kristine Clarke of the Hamilton CIB said this morning.

The woman, in her 30s, had parked on the lake's eastern shore to use her phone, on the same day, when a man approached her about 2.30pm.

The first time he made an innocuous inquiry yet he returned and ''made some inappropriate sexual connotation type comments to her''.

The woman cut the conversation and drove off.

Her description of the man was similar to that given for the attempted abduction earlier that day, Clarke said.

He was described as a light- skinned Maori or Pacific Islander in his late teens or early 20s.

He was of heavy build and had either a gap in his top front teeth or chipped top front teeth.

''There have been a number of suspects nominated and we're investigating all of those,'' Clarke said.

Police want to hear from anyone who has seen or has been approached by a male at the lake who made inappropriate sexual comments.

Clarke also wants to hear from the driver of a bus which was seen when the attempted abduction occurred as well as any passengers who may have seen something.

''That attack on the lady was very worrying - that he would be so openly aggressive in broad daylight when there are people about,'' Clarke said.

''Obviously it gives us cause for concern.''

Clarke advised woman using the lake area to stick to the main path, preferably go with company and take a cellphone.''

And if they are approached make as much noise as possible to attract attention to deter this guy.''

Anyone with information should call Hamilton Police on 07-858-6200.

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